Today is officially the first day of Spring. As swarms of painted lady butterflies migrate from California to the Pacific Northwest, it’s an amazing time of year. Spring signals rebirth, renewal and transformation. It also signals change. Nature is purging the cold as it slowly starts to warm up. Spring is the perfect time to pause and reflect. It’s a time to consider what no longer serves you and listen to all that does.
I believe spring cleaning starts within. For me personally, the last two seasons have been challenging. Last September, I broke my back in a horseback riding accident. When they did the MRI on my spine, they found a lump in my left breast that needed to be removed. A broken back and a cancer scare have put my health front and center. It’s made me think about health in a way I never have before. I feel beyond grateful the lump was benign, but when I was in bed healing, I told myself, the time is now. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. I’m finding inspiration in these quotes. What inspires you?
“WINTER ALWAYS TURNS INTO SPRING.”
This Buddhist quote has a profound significance. When we are in crisis mode, it’s hard to imagine ever feeling happy again. It’s hard to see the sunny days that lie ahead. This quote is a gentle reminder that no matter what kind of difficult situation you find yourself in, there’s always hope and brighter days. “Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy.”
“USE YOUR FEAR…IT CAN TAKE YOU TO THE PLACE WHERE YOU STORE YOUR COURAGE.” – Amelia Earhart
I am watching the Buble Special at the moment and Michael Buble just said, in the beginning, if his family didn’t show up, there would be no one in the audience when he sang. Think about that for a minute. Fear of rejection lies within each of us, but Michael Buble…that voice…that talent…singing to an audience of no one, is rock bottom. What holds you back? What are your fears? Can you give them a chance to take you to places you never thought possible?
“A TRULY STRONG PERSON DOES NOT NEED THE APPROVAL OF OTHERS ANY MORE THAN A LION NEEDS THE APPROVAL OF SHEEP.” —Vernon Howard
This one is a tough one for me. I’m a people pleaser. I value relationships. I am relatively new to Instagram and I don’t get it. I can post the most innocent and cutest baby picture and BOOM, 20 people unfollow me. It feels like a weird popularity contest. The other morning after posting “Happy Birthday Ruth Bader Ginsburg!” BOOM down another 15 followers. I’ll let you know how many people unfollow me when I post something about Mother Teresa or puppies. I’ve been asking myself,”Why do I care whether these people, who I don’t know, follow or unfollow me?” I’m still working on that answer, but this spring, I am putting time into this because “there’s a greatness in not caring what people think.” – Melissa McCarthy