All through the journey of my life so far, I have come to realise that life no matter how one may view it, life happens in seasons. Some may say it happens in phases but whatever the appropriate terminology may be, it is important to gain some insights on how to deal with life and identifying the signposts that indicate the phase or season in life that you are in. This simple fact of life is affirmed by so many farmers, for they understand these various seasons and as a result plant their seeds according to the expected season.
For as long as I can remember, I have always heard the statement “Change is Constant” and it is only those who are able to adjust to these changes make the most of life. It is for this reason that I wish to address the various seasons in life and how you can not only identify the season you are in but also provide insight on how to cope with it whilst making the best of what life presents you.
Meteorically or Astronomically, we are made to understand that in a year, there are 4 seasons i.e. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Each of these seasons come with their attendants highs and lows and the year would only be a great one for the person who has identified the season at hand and has previously planned life in such a manner that factors in whatever comes with the season and makes the best of it. I currently live in Swansea, Wales and with the city being situated by the sea side, winter periods aren’t the most pleasant.
I listened to a sermon by Dr Sam Chand sometime ago titled “Your Next Bold Move”, which I believe everyone should endeavour to give it a listen. Herein, he highlighted that life is in seasons and except you know the season you are in and what to do in this phase, life becomes somewhat frustrating. Often times I have found myself in this position and have often felt quite dissatisfied with life; mainly because I know deep within that I can do more and I am driven to ensure that I fulfil the purpose why God placed me here on earth.
Admittedly, this feeling of dissatisfaction sometimes emanates from the influences of social media or the news that a friend is flourishing in a chosen endeavour. Irrespective of the reason, I don’t let such things eat me up or restrict me from celebrating the accomplishments of friends and family, however it is essential for me to critically evaluate source of this feeling, how it can be avoided and how such feeling can be channelled towards a good cause.
Here are the 4 Seasons
1. The Spring Season (Ages 0- 20)
According Dr Sam Chand, this is the providential season. The season where we have little or no say to the things that happen in our lives. These would include, our parents, the country we were born in, gender, race etc. Although we may have little or no influence over these things, they however play a key role in the shaping of our destiny. Like in the words legendary Martin Luther King Jr, “People should not be judged by the colour of their skin but the content of their character”.
“People should not be judged by the colour of their skin but the content of their character”- Martin Luther King Jr
2. The Summer Season (Ages 21- 45)
The summer season is that season where much effort is expected to be placed towards gathering relevant knowledge pertinent to fulfilling ones dreams. Its a season where skills commensurate with one’s vision for his or her life is garnered.
The age long statement “Make hay whilst the sun shines” feels more apt for this season of life.
This is the season where many choose a line of education to take, a career path to follow, who to marry, starting up a family and so on. but it is imperative to bear in mind that it need not be important that everyone goes through these seasons concurrently rather its crucial to understand the seasons and make the best of it, for I believe that life is not so much about what happens to you but what happens within you and what you make of it.
The second part of this series will follow in the next post.