The Seasons of Change

Each season of the year comes with its own brand of beauty and its own challenges. Here in Philadelphia, we experience the pleasure and pain of each season. We are transitioning from summer to fall. This past summer was record hot. It’s  human to complain about the heat while also enjoying the fact that it sunny out and you don’t have to wear coats. You can enjoy a pool, a water ice or a bbq. We love it and, yet, at times it is almost unbearable.

As we move into fall, the weather is much more agreeable. It’s starts getting darker earlier. Summer vacation is over, the kids are back to school and we know that jackets are coming. Leaves fall and raking is imminent. Fall has its own charms with more family celebrations and fun activities.

Fall moves into winter. Cold nights and chilly days. We have to wear coats, hats, scarves and boots. In the past few years, we’ve dealt with not only snow, but ice. The sweet spot in the winter is either watching a child enjoy the snow or remembering how to enjoy it yourself. You can’t seem to shake the desire to create a snowball or a snowman no matter how old you are. Freezing temperatures are a good excuse to cuddle up and sleep under the warm hug of a comforter. And let’s not forget gift-giving.

It brings us finally to Spring. The warmth comes back. Everything is growing, singing and blooming. Love is in the air. But, it also brings with it a month and half full of rainy days. Its’ as if the sky cries day after day. Still, Spring wakes us up from winter’s slumber and reminds us of the beauty of life.

This is the balance of life. The roses have thorns. The bees create sweet honey, but also sting. There is pleasure and pain in everything. Sometimes, we have endure the pain to be able to enjoy the pleasure. But, if you notice, the good things tend to outnumber the bad in every instance. If we can accept this duality, we can endure the hard times and enjoy the great times as the cycle of life.

“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” – Anthony Robbins