I think we’ve all had enough of this deep freeze, but the harsh reality is that this brutal winter is far from over. The good news is that time does not stand still. It marches on and so shall we. Nothing lasts forever; neither the good nor the bad.
Life’s guaranteed forecast is abundantly clear. Time fleets and change is inevitable.
So whether or not we can even imagine the possibility of warmer days, let us remind ourselves that this is not a hopeless situation. One thing is certain, this too shall pass and Spring will eventually get here.
For those of us that live in parts of the country that have four seasons, we understand that seasonal changes in weather impact both our physical landscape and our psychological mindset.
The diverse seasons punctuate the cycle of a full year through the changes in our activities, the clothing we wear, the places we go, etc. But those are not the only things that change. Our perspective is altered because each season feels different to us. It’s a noteworthy change. When we sense the physical change, it is likely to elicit an emotional response in our day-to-day lives. These changes can easily affect our moods, behaviors and productivity.
This long frigid winter has been particularly challenging and isolating. The record-breaking big chill has kept more people indoors than ever before, as evident in fewer shoppers and less pedestrians on the street. As Northeasterners, one could even argue that we now have an even greater appreciation of nature’s changes. For us, warm sunny days and azure blue skies are not our typical year-round climate. Hence, our delight in spring’s bloom and the breathtaking autumnal changes of the fall are notable, and rarely taken for granted.
The extreme seasons, however, tell a different story. Our tolerance for severe cold winters and unbearably hot summers are increasingly low. Moreover, our memory is short. Ironically, we not only have forgotten about whining over the steamy and humid days of summer, we actually yearn for them now. And yet, as soon as summer’s heat wave escalates, we find ourselves itching for that first autumn day or the promise of an early snowfall. We are indeed a fickle bunch. Morphing from season to season very differently, our perspective is continually influenced by these changes.
The natural fleet of time urges us to propel forward. We all move on, but not necessarily change. But weather, undeniably, can be the powerful instigator. In fact, it is the seasonal change that is the likely trigger that wakes us up, and perhaps evokes a personal change.
I wonder for those of you that live in a fixed climate where weather is not a strong influencer, what invites you to change? I welcome you to share your perspective. Come join in the conversation.