Seasons and trusting difficulty

There is a change in the air. As the long cold Winter starts to finally draw to an end some early Spring flowers are already bravely peeking through the powdery veld. I enjoyed my run on the mountain today – the promise of change hung about in the fresh still morning air and the sun was shining cheerfully.

I got to thinking about seasons and the metaphorical seasons in our lives. How unbearably long and never ending the difficult ones can seem, as if they are stretched out forever with no horizon in sight. We would never choose ‘difficulty’ and yet, the lessons learnt and the strengthening prosesses are so essential to personal growth. We question and we fight against it. Perhaps we need to learn to trust difficulty.  It is only in hindsight when the grey has started to lift and we are through the worst that we can see the lessons learnt and we can make sense of it.

I love this quote by Rilke – “It is clear we must trust what is difficult; everything alive trusts in it, everything in Nature grows and defends itself any way it can and is spontaneously itself, tries to be itself at all costs and against all opposition. We know little, but that we must trust in what is difficult is a certainty that will never abandon us…”

aloe seed heads

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