Every year at the beginning of February, I look forward to seeing my lawn carpeted with a wonderful display of little lilac crocuses. This sight never fails to fill my heart with delight as it heralds the fact that spring is just around the corner. However, this year it didn’t happen that way. The crocuses appeared halfway through January due to the unseasonably warm weather but sadly, never had a chance to open because of subsequent grey rainy days and colder temperatures. Then they got clobbered by all the arctic weather. I remember looking out into my garden seeing them struggling to remain upright under the blanket of snow and wondering if they’d keel over before it melted and give up the ghost before they’d even blossomed.
Imagine my surprise when, a few days ago, encouraged by the welcome spring sunshine warming up the wintery days, I saw that they’d finally done their crocus thing! There they all were, opening their petals, fluffing themselves out in a gloriously triumphant sea of lilac and green. Bless their brave little crocus souls – they’d weathered the snow, ice and rain and come through, a bit bedraggled certainly, but nevertheless glowing in their determination to keep on keeping on.
And I was struck by what an incredible lesson from Nature this was, reminding me that in spite of adversity, we can still come through our difficulties and emerge back into the light again! Many of us are going through difficult times at the moment for various reasons, and it’s good to remember that deep down inside of us we all have some of that crocus resilience which is our driver for survival. How can we be sure about that? Because we, too, are a part of Nature, and that survival instinct is part of our birthright.
So if you find yourself struggling at the moment, no matter what the situation is, remember we’re part of nature and have the ability to persist and grow in the most un-nourishing of situations . You can overcome this challenge if you choose to make a commitment to doing so. HOLD THE VISION of yourself moving through this crisis and out into a new field of your life and remember that you can learn, develop and gain strength and empowerment from adversity. Choose to focus on anything that’s even vaguely positive about the situation instead of only thinking about what’s wrong and building negative scenarios about the future. Surprisingly good things can come from the most challenging situations if we remain open enough to look for them. Trust that there’s a reason for going through what is happening for you and that, if you choose to do so, you can allow yourself to become richer, deeper and wiser by weathering the storm of this challenge.
And remember ….all things must pass.