Today Marks the first day of Spring! Some people love the summertime, others love the cold of the winter. Myself? More than anything, I love the changing of the seasons. It really doesn’t matter from what season to another, I love the fact that there exists an undeniable certainty, a dependable progression of the year that you can count on almost like nothing else in this world. Fall doesn’t care if you didn’t make the most of your time on the golf course, it’s coming nonetheless. Winter won’t hold off until you’re feeling less anxious on the hills in Whistler – the seasons will change no matter what happens in our lives on this planet.
Seasons put my life into perspective. I gaze out onto the trees in my backyard and know not only that some of them are older than me, but that they will be here for many generations to come long after I am gone. It’s times like these, when season pass and focus is shifted, that we come to see life through different lenses.
The reality that I have come to embrace is that we all age really, really fast. In a blink of an eye, we have blown through yet another 5 years of our lives and before you know it, you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and onwards. Decades seem to fly by if you’re not careful! A daunting thought for some while magical for others! Life streams by if you’re not deliberate in finding ways to ensure that you are not only enjoying as much of it as you can, but also are living fully in the manner that you want.
Most people live life as though it were a dress rehearsal. They don’t live in the moment simply because they hold the belief system that another moment will present itself in the future. We have all existed in that mindset where we believe that tomorrow is another day, allowing opportunities and possibilities to pass us by because we are too shy, too self-conscious or too busy with the responsibilities of life to grab a hold of the moment and make it ours. After many years of education and reflection I have come to understand that in this life I must pursue every opportunity that presents itself, and try and live as much in the moment as possible.
There is no doubt in that this task is not easy. We all lose track of days and weeks that melt into months and before you know it, another season has come and gone. I often look back and reflect on what I have to show for the days and months of passed time. Sometimes, it feels like not very much. Sometimes I will think only in terms of my work or career, and put aside my own spiritual connections, relationships and emotional development, but certainly that doesn’t seem fair or right. Being a whole person is tough work in this era where priorities have shifted and accumulated.
Refining life into its ultimate form, within all areas, on a day to day, week to week, and month to month basis will definitely be challenging. Sure, at times we all find that no matter the effort some area will suffer from a little neglect. We should never let months, seasons or life go by without paying attention to, and feeding our passions, our relationships, our spirituality, our emotional needs, and of course our professional goals and career.