Spring is officially here! This is my favorite season because it brings so many reminders of how everything can come back to life and it is even more beautiful than I remember. As I look around at the sudden vibrant life in the trees and amazing colors of the flowers it reminds me about the purpose of seasons and the cycles of life. Spring is the season of renewal and rebirth. What once seemed dead and is now renewed and filled with life. The seeds buried deep within the Earth were merely lying there preparing for the new season.
I see this as a metaphor for our dreams and desires. When I was a young girl, I had dreams and desired to make an impact on people. I wanted to infuse people with hope and to encourage them to follow their heart. I saw and heard the potential in people and wanted nothing more than for them to follow their heart so they could to bring that dormant potential to life. There was a time in my life when I thought that dream was dead, as life had taken a much different turn. The season turned to survival then into a wonder into wilderness where I ended up buried under all of life’s demands.
Years passed by, as my dreams and desires lay dormant, or so I thought.
One day I noticed this nagging in the back of my mind that kept hinting that I was supposed to be doing something else with my life. No matter what I did – work more, acquire more stuff, stay busy, numb it away, even just trying to flat out ignore it as crazy – it didn’t go away. It was as if something was starting to wake up inside of me and there was absolutely nothing I could do to stop it.
All those dreams and desires never really go away. They are always somewhere inside. If you take a look around you will see little hints of them trying to come out. Perhaps they show up as that voice in your head gently reminding you that you are not doing what you have been called to do, you find yourself questioning, is this really all there is to life. Maybe it shows up as a consistent and very persistent annoyance in the world around you that only you seem to notice. Or you find yourself in certain situations over and over again.
I was blessed with the trifecta. All of the above were screaming at me loudly right before I finally admitted I couldn’t take it anymore and started seriously exploring what was going on. I felt misplaced, disconnected and my overall mood was one of anxiety sprinkled with sadness that I just could not shake. I knew there was so much more to life. I was so annoyed by the lack of listening that was taking place everywhere I went – from seeing friends completely ignore their friends, parents cutting off their children to leaders and co-workers too busy to pay attention to each other. It really ate me up inside. In addition, I was placed in situations over and over again that put me in position to be an example of the very thing that annoyed me.
If you are fed up with the way your life is, not fired up or just not excited about anything anymore you probably have dreams and desires inside of you trying to get out. All of us have desires that were planted deep inside that are meant to grow. You don’t have to keep them buried and you don’t have to wait until you hit the trifecta of clues to do something. Please don’t wait like I did or you run the risk of that dull sadness turning into depression or the worry taking over into anxiety. You can bring your dreams and desires back to life.
One of the easiest ways to do this is by dreaming on purpose. Spend time allowing yourself to think about things that get you excited, things that make you feel connected again. Get a journal and just write out all the things you loved as a child, these are great pointers to the desires planted inside of you. It is springtime, the season of revival and new beginnings. Let’s get into the spirit and start growing into your life.