Spring is a glorious time of year, especially here in the Northeast where we’ve been buried under snow for months (or if it’s been a snowless winter, the brown landscape gets pretty dreary). Spring represents change at its best — a time of growth, a time of awakening, a time to celebrate.
Many of us don’t look at change that way in our personal lives, however. We may actively resist it, instead of seeking out the positive aspects of change. My favorite self-help website, Daily OM, describes the benefits of change this way:
It is only through change that we are able to grow. Transformation takes you out of your comfort zone so you can evolve. A change will always bring new experiences and add different elements to your life. In the midst of change, we learn how to handle a fresh set of variables. As we adapt, we assimilate this change into our beings; we have already grown when we become more than we were just a moment before. When you allow change to happen naturally today, any plans you make will be able to evolve organically so that you can realize your dreams.
Women who come to Green Mountain are seeking change — change in how they eat to adopt healthy eating, how they move their bodies to start to enjoy exercise, how they think about themselves to improve body image and how they view the world around them. They may not realize the seek change in all these areas, but all these areas generally get touched upon in the journey to taking better care of ourselves.
Change is not always a smooth course to the finish. Witness snowstorms in April — we’ve even seen snow in June in these parts! But one thing is true about Spring — it’s persistent. It’s there regardless of the form it takes, and it leads the way to sunnier times.
Of course, lifestyle change is the same. It can get pretty bumpy. But staying positive, and keeping our eye on the goal can keep us going. Try this affirmation: I embrace the change that is inevitable in my life, to find the positive and continue to grow into the person I want to be.