Did You Let It Die?

wintertreesMy question for you today is, “Did you let it die?”

Here we are, nearly a week into Spring. How did we get here so quickly?

Spring: a season of new growth, warmth, color, butterflies. Well, for some it is. For others it is spelled a-l-l-e-r-g-i-c r-e-a-c-t-i-o-n. Pollen, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes. You get the picture.

Right now, though, as I look out my window it seems that Winter is doing its very best to hold on. It’s cold, rainy, windy, and all mushy-like. We’ve had three nights out of three this week that have dipped below freezing and it didn’t get much better during the day. I have talked to others around the nation, and watched people’s social media chatter only to discover that a lot of people across the U.S. are still snowed in and experiencing colder than usual temps.

Disclaimer: You beach-mongers down in Florida, or other sunny, warm locations, are just going to have help us out and use your imagination a little here…with your perfect, frackin’ tans and such. Get over yourself!

Winter. It can be vicious, and it wants all it can get. This year, it seems to linger. Traditionally, winter symbolizes death. A season of going to the grave, so to speak. Cold. Dark. Stillness. We should do well to pay closer attention to the seasons and how they influence our lives. We’ll get to that…

Back to my question. “Did you let it die?”

Apply the season of winter to your personal life. It’s a time when things should slow down. Come to a halt, even. Go to the grave.

Negativity. Bad relationships. Things held onto that are not beneficial. Toxic emotions. Hurtful things that grow up in our lives during previous seasons needing to be cut down, weeded out, let go of. Really, there are some things that we need to let die.

During the winter season, I seem to become more reflective, digging deep and searching for those things that I need to let go of. Things that need to die. This was a particularly difficult winter for me in many ways. It may have been for you as well. As such, I am looking forward to the newness the coming season brings. I have experienced the sadness of letting things go, yet also the freedom. I have been overcome with grief at times, knowing that there are things, people, events, emotions that I have needed to weed out for some time. As I did so, my grief became painful, yet liberating. Death, after all, is not an easy experience.

“Death, after all, is not an easy experience.”

Now, with some long-necessary weeds pulled, I am fertile ground (See what I did there? Gardening references and all? Spring-y word usage. Hehe.) for new growth, greater successes, the addition of new, healthy relationships, and a clearer vision of the future.

It’s true there will be times when I may experience an allergic reaction to something in the new season, but my spiritual and emotional “immune system” is ready to protect and deal with anything that comes my way from a much stronger position.

How about you? Did you let die what needed to die during the winter season? If not, winter seems to be lingering just a little longer. Truthfully, you don’t need to wait for winter to dump some unnecessary baggage. You can let go and clear out during any season of your life. You just need to be honest with yourself and work out what needs to be worked out. Do the work, get the results.

Staying with our theme, however, consider this: there are seasons established in nature, in our lives, and in our very own minds and bodies for a reason. Pay attention to those seasons, do what needs to be done to live the life you want to live.

Is Winter trying to get your attention?

Here’s to a season of new beginnings, freedom, and refreshment in your life. Now pop an umbrella in your tea and carry on!

-D.C.

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