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Seasonal Situations

PREPARE YOUR EYES TO READ AND YOUR HEART TO RECEIVE AS YOU TAKE IN THE WORDS THAT LOOK TO CHANGE LIVES, RENEW HEARTS, AND OPEN MINDS. We all know that there are four seasons, and depending on where you live, it seems there are only two. The seasons which I speak of are spring, summer, fall (autumn), and winter. Each period has distinct weather conditions, length of days, and attributes that often overlap. Our lives resemble the physical seasons we experience each year. Just as the animals and plants take advantage of the seasons, we must do the same. Concerning the weather and your life, know that change or transition is there to help us grow. I think Sam Cooke said it best in his song, "A Change Is Gonna Come.

"Then I go to my brother and say, brother, help me, please. But he winds up knocking me back down on my knees. Oh, there have been times that I thought I couldn't last for long But now I think I'm able to carry on It's been a long, a long time comin', but I know, a change gonna come." The winter season months are in December, January, and February. Depending on your location, these months will bring snow, ice, cold weather, and shorter days, leading to hibernation or migration. Animals learn to adapt to the harsh conditions that winter may bring by adjusting to the harsh environments by growing thicker fur, or if they are amphibious, they move to the deeper portions of the body of water in which they reside. Plants protect themselves by shedding leaves to be dormant, while others might keep their foliage and produce a thick and waxy coat to help reduce water loss. During the life winter months, you must do the same. Use this time to learn how to meditate, rest, and question yourself about how you can integrate or incorporate more variety in your life to make you better. It's ok to hibernate to work on new projects or ideas, and not all moments need an announcement. March, April, and May signify spring. The weather becomes warmer, the snow and ice melt, and rain is more prevalent. Although the mixture of melting ice and additional rain can cause flooding during this period, it's also a time of growth. Gardeners use this time to plant flowers and vegetation because the seeds can take root, settle in the moist soil, and take advantage of sunlight. Animals become more active by arising from their winter sleep. They begin to breed and start to scurry for food.

Your life should resemble plants and animals by establishing your foundation and ushering in a new chapter. Use this as the prime opportunity to plant, grow, and learn if the plans you were developing in the winter are achievable.

The summer months are June, July, and August. During these months, the days are longer, and the temperatures rise. The chances of fires increase due to the low amount or lack of rainfall. Insects such as moths, flies, mosquitos, and bees become more active along with the newborn animals as they learn to fend for themselves. Plants and vegetables thrive during this period due to the sunlight, and so should you.

Welcome the creations, productions, and creative things that have blossomed within your life. Take the time to travel, take chances, take risks, and meet new people. Admire your accomplishments and just like your grass and plants, keep hydrated by focusing and correcting if necessary. The months of September, October, and November are considered Fall or Autumn seasons. A season of preparation, problem-solving, and making up for past mistakes. The temperatures begin to drop and become cooler which signals the animals to store up for the winter or migrate to warmer regions. Flowers start to lose their leaves to become dormant, and while this is true for some, gardeners use this time to plant spring-blooming bulbs, vegetables, and trees and shrubs. Use this time to form new habits, create new goals, mentor others, and prioritize your life. Don't be afraid to embrace your current season. Learning to accept, adapt, and overcome the particular season you are in will allow you to seize an opportunity when it comes your way. You could be in a season of grief or transition, and instead of fighting this season, allow yourself to experience what it has to offer, knowing that it's preparing you for a more great season ahead. #SPEAK2MYHEART

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