Good Morning – it is Monday! I hope that you had a great holiday and a great weekend. Were you able to Pause and Awaken to each marvelous moment? I hope you took time to be yourself, unwind and reconnect with those who bring you joy.
It is now time to begin another amazing day and an amazing week! Carpe Diem – are you ready to seize the day? Let us not take any of this moment and the opportunities that we are presented for granted. Life is a precious gift. What is happening right now IS life; it is not some future destination, time or state of mind; because, “how we spend our day, is of course, how we spend our lives,” (Ann Dillard). Cherish each moment of each day!
This week, to get us back into “the swing of things”😊, I thought I would share a story that connects us back to one of the mindfulness qualities we’ve already explored, non-judging. The story is entitled, “The Seasons of Life”.
The Seasons of Life
There was a man who had four children. He wanted his children to learn to not judge things too quickly; so, he sent each of them on a quest. He sent each of them, in turn, to go look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.
The first of his children went in the winter; the second in the spring; the third in summer and the fourth in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.
The first said, “the tree was ugly, bent and twisted.” The second child said, “no, it was covered with green buds and full of promise.” The third child disagreed and said, “it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful. It was the most graceful thing I have ever seen.” The fourth child disagreed with all of them and said, “it was ripe and drooping with fruit; full of life and fulfillment.”
The man smiled and then explained to his children that they were all right because they each saw the tree during one season of the tree’s life. He told them, “you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season; and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end when all of the seasons are up.”
If you give up when it is winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer and the fulfillment of your fall. Do not judge a life by one difficult season. Do not let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.
This story is a reminder for us to let go of automatic judgments. First, it serves as a reminder for you to stop judging yourself, your situation and labeling it as good, bad, right or wrong. What if you stopped, suspended judgement and decided to dance with whatever the situation? Remember, each season has a purpose and there is much you can learn from it. One season does not tell the whole story.
This story is also a reminder for us to not judge others; for others too, one season does not tell the whole story. Remember, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. You are the beholder and you are empowered to find beauty in all places, both in yourself and in others; no matter what season(winter, spring, summer or fall) is being encountered and experienced. “Light is in both the broken bottle and the diamond”, (Mark Nepo); and “The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts”, (Aristotle).
Have a GREAT day and a GREAT week! In closing, a thought from Mary Jean Irion, “Normal day. Let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow”.