Living Life to Perspective: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” –Ecclesiastes 3:1
Winter – at least in the South – sometimes gets cold and moist enough to snow, but it’s usually mild enough to wear sweaters. Spring is a time of growth and anticipation – putting away warm coats, pulling out short-sleeve shirts and watching the daffodils bloom. Summer brings swimming, beach trips, suntans, and, to the younger set: No School!!!!! Finally, Fall is the time to watch leaves change color and drop onto the grass below. And, yes kids, it also means the dreaded start of school.
We are fortunate to have four separate seasons so we can appreciate the change from one to another. Just as there are four seasons of nature, there are four seasons of life, each requiring different types of work and activity. During winter you dream and plan. In spring, you plant. In summer you water and cultivate. In fall, you reap and distribute. And, of course, each season comes with its joys and challenges. (Since my goal is to live life positively, I decided to focus on the joys.)
Joys of Winter
- Building a fire in the den
- Drinking hot chocolate
- Wearing flannel pajamas
- Roasting marshmallows
- Decorating trees and opening holiday presents
Joys of Spring
- Waking up to a cool, refreshing breeze
- Watching the flowers bloom and the grass grow
- Planting vegetables in a small garden
- Having a cool drink and reading a book on the porch
- Enjoying the longer daylight
Joys of Summer
- School’s out!
- Vacations to the beach, lake, mountains or theme parks
- Baseball, hot dogs and apple pie
- Enjoying fresh fruit and vegetables
- Drinking ice-cold lemonade
Joys of Fall
- Watching the trees turn color
- Then raking them in piles and jumping in
- Dressing up in costumes and going trick-or-treating in your neighborhood
- Children returning to school a grade higher and making new friends
- Having a camp-out in a tent in the back yard.
Special blog bonus feature:
Since we recently had a journal entry on the joy of singing, please spend a few minutes singing or humming this excerpt from James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend.”
You just call out my name,
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running, oh yeah baby
To see you again.
Winter spring, summer, or fall,
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
You’ve got a friend.
If you have any special joys in the various seasons, please let us know by clicking on ‘comment.’