I read a quote that really seemed to strike a chord with me. "An optimist is the human personification of Spring." --Susan J. Bissonette
Since I seem to be more of a realist and WISH I had more optimistic tendencies, this concept really intrigued me. How do I become like Spring?
Dwell on the Pros, NOT the Cons - When I think of Spring, the first thing that pops into my mind is flowers and green grass, leaves filling out on trees, sunshine, birds singing and rabbits running through the yard. All of these things (for me) immediately make me feel good. However all of these things all can cause issues for some. Spring time has a lot of pollen in the air, so those with allergies tend to suffer a bit. There is rain (and sometimes big storms) along with the sunshine and rabbits can eat your new little plants in your garden or landscaping even before they have a chance to grow. But even with all of these cons, the pros are what come to mind first. Learn to dwell on the pros first; your good thoughts. If the pros become our natural go to thought process, this will help us become more optimistic.
Believe Like You Know the Flowers Will Bloom - It's a thing we all take for granted. In the Spring, we know the flowers will bloom. We know our grass will start to grow again and we know that the leaves will return on the trees. In our lives, we need to believe that good things will happen. That success is inevitable. That we will grow and that our lives WILL BE beautiful! Why is it so hard to believe that good will happen in our lives but we can easily believe that life will return to our yards after the winter? We need to be so positive that we just begin to KNOW that we can get through any situation and grow to be who we are supposed to be! I am sure there is someone you know who seems to be able to do this, and you have no doubts that they will succeed. Apply this belief system to your own life.
Beauty Comes After the Cold - Alaska has the coldest climate in the United States. It has harsh, unforgiving winters, however in the spring, it is a beautiful green place full of wildlife and majestic beauty. Alaska doesn't just have one hard season, it has a lot of hard seasons, yet people are drawn there just the same because of what comes after all the hard times. We need to look at our lives like that. That after all the hard times we endure, our lives hold so much beauty that it's worth it to risk hardship for it. So many times we are so busy complaining about not just how hard things are NOW, but how hard it was yesterday, last year and so on, that we actually miss all the beauty in our lives RIGHT NOW. If the people in Alaska spent all their time going on and on about the harsh winter that was before and how terrifying and awful the one that was coming is, they would never enjoy all the beauty and wonder of all the other things the other times of the year. How in the world would they ever be motivated to get ready for the next season? Wouldn't everyone just be on a plane to get out of there every year? But some have it in their blood, because they know that some things in our lives are worth all the hardship for a moment of beauty. The beauty is so perfect and nothing compares to it.
Life is a beautiful, awesome and wondrous thing. It is something that is so miraculous that as humans we are always trying to find a way to live longer. I think to be my best self, I am going to try to be like Spring and be optimistic about this amazing life I have been given. Want to join me?
Until Next Time!
--Jen Lush Associate Realtor and Mother of Managing Realtor Photo Credit: Anisur Rahman