Even though I really do enjoy winters in west Michigan, there is always something exciting about the anticipation of Spring. It’s the arrival of blue skies, green grass and daffodils. Being able to open windows to enjoy fresh air and hearing kids in the neighborhood on their bikes are reminders that we have come full circle into another new cycle of our seasons. And with that change, it gives each of us an opportunity to change as well. Looking back to be grateful of our past is important, but looking ahead to anticipate the future allows us to seize the opportunities of today. For those of us who enjoy good health, be grateful. For those of us who have close friends or close families, nurture those relationships. And for those of us who have employment, work hard to be a valuable and successful member of your team. When you come face-to-face with a challenge, become a part of the solution not a part of the problem.
Perennials will push through the ground each year without help from you. Annuals are added to your landscape because you have taken time each season to plant them. Your set of values, your morals and your convictions become your “perennials”. They lay that foundation and reveal who you are. When you plant seeds of kindness, goodwill and generosity, you will discover that those efforts will produce new friendships, new opportunities and new challenges.
Carpe Diem…seize the day! The only way you’ll be able to enjoy the future to the fullest, is when you work the hardest to seize the opportunities of today. So, the burst of spring should not only be the announcement of a new season, but also a commitment from each of us for renewal, for growth and for determination to make where we live, happier and where we work, stronger.