Some of the major benefits of living in Canada are the changes in season. Like many fellow Canadians, the weather is on our minds 24/7 and we talk about it any chance we can get, like standing in the elevator with strangers, talking to our neighbors, or even at the grocery checkout while stocking up on pop and Doritos.
What I have come to realize is that our spiritual connection to Mother Nature is linked to many of life’s answers right in our own backyard. The four seasons in Canada are different but temporary, just like our emotions or life situations. They happen whether we want them to or not and every year they can seem easier or more difficult, it depends on your perspective. How we react to them is what counts. Even the cold or rainy season eventually comes to an end and that’s when warm sunny days are here again. The opposite is also true.
Nothing lasts forever; everything is temporary.
You would think that with all this change and adjustment to change, we would be pretty darn good at it by now, but are we? Why is it that we resist change so much when it could be viewed as something beautiful with many possibilities and opportunities instead? Fear of the unknown is very controlling and can make our imagination run wild with unrealistic thoughts and beliefs that we end up standing in our own way. Even worse if we make decisions based on imaginary thoughts without the facts, that’s just careless.
We create our own roadblocks.
I for one, am not a fan of winter and every October when I see the beautiful colored maple leaves falling from the trees, I know the snow is right around the corner in November and can last for 6 months onward. Instead of complaining about it, I need to see the opportunities it can bring like going cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or sipping something interesting beside a warm cozy fire. Winter in itself is another spiritual connection because, after a difficult snowstorm, things look beautiful again because change has taken place. It’s another reminder for me to go with the flow…in the snow.
Being grateful for what I have has changed my perspective on life quite a bit. Even though I lost so much through a divorce, I believe it has made me a better person in the end because I took my own responsibilities and made the necessary changes that were in dire need to be changed, for me and my kids. This is not an easy process nor am I finished with it yet but I am focusing my attention on what I have so I can have more of it. I am liking this changing game because I’m growing and learning more about myself.
There’s no point in resisting change because let’s face it, no matter what, these times they are a-changin’
Much Love and Happy Thanksgiving,
**All photos are my own taken in the Ottawa/Gatineau region of Canada.
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All my gratitude to you,
Dare to live courageously…