I was watching some of our videos over at The Popular Man YouTube Channel (worth checking out I may add!) and was struck by how desolate the winter scenery looked in one particular video. The cycles of nature, at least in the American Midwest, ensure that the verdant, vibrant summer will turn into the dead and brown winter. Yet, like clockwork, nature resurrects herself every spring, as the purples, pinks, and yellows break out everywhere. And it is coming very soon!
Ancient peoples rooted their lives in this symbolism, which is why many of them had special celebrations in the spring, worshiping fertility deities or petitioning the gods to send the warm weather. Even our Easter symbols of eggs and rabbits are derived from these fertility rituals. The Christian season of Lent is similar: a period of spiritual discipline that occurs in the spring (the word “Lent” even means “spring”). I am not here to talk about the history of spring rituals, but I think it provides a great way of looking at spring: a time for personal renewal.
Spring begins on March 20th this year. I am guessing many of your new year’s resolutions are long forgotten. However, you can still find a way to channel your focus, and that is with some “spring cleaning” resolutions.
Spring is a great time to make changes. The weather is getting better and the sun is shining more. This means that getting outside is easier. Getting outside is associated with being happier (in part because of sunlight hitting the eyes and making serotonin, and the negative ions that we naturally absorb when we are outside). While you may be feeling edgy and depressed from the winter, you naturally start to feel better as spring comes.
So, set some “spring renewal” goals today. Maybe even resurrect some of those abandoned New Year’s resolutions! As nature renews herself, connect with this and renew yourself too. Only you know what goals you need to work on, but be sure to make them both realistic and challenging.