The typical response I receive from people when they hear I live in Michigan is, “Oh.” It’s not your excitement filled “oh” but rather an ‘I can’t believe someone would choose to live there“, “oh.” But here is the major aspect of Michigan that I love…very distinctive seasons.
Winters can be cold and slightly harsh; but the snow covered ground is beautiful. The spring can be pretty rainy and chilly; but the blooming tulips are “must see.” The summer can be pretty humid and hot; but a day at The Great Lakes is majestic. And fall…well, apple orchards, warm cider, cinnamon donuts and miles of autumn colored leaves rival New England any day.
But the seasons are just that; they’re seasons. They’re temporary.
Life is full of transitions and seasons. Some seasons are beautiful and completely breathtaking. Other seasons — well, they’re more painful and difficult to manage. No matter the life challenge you’re facing the important discoveries are to remind yourself this is just a season of life (temporary) and to learn the lesson that will result in your growth as a person and leader.
If you choose to focus on the frustration, pain and difficulty of the season you’ll grow weary, hurt and defensive and thus not learn the life lesson the season is attempting to teach you. But, should you choose to stay humble and open, the season will pass and you’ll be better for it.
Which season are you in right now?