There is a saying in North Texas. "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes. It will change." And, there's a lot of truth to that statement. North Texas is a drought and flood, ice and extreme heat kind of area.
Moving from winter into spring is a reminder of how things are always moving forward, always changing and always transforming. I try to remember the seasonal nature of problems, challenging times and difficulties in life. Also, I remember the seasonal nature of the good times.
Fighting what is creates a lot of inner conflict. There is power in submitting to what is. Gardening has taught me a lot in this area. While society says you can have it "your way, right away." When you can pop something in the microwave and have it ready in less than 5 minutes, many have grown accustomed to instant gratification. However, when growing, plants, vegetables, and herbs, gardeners must learn and utilize the seasons. No matter how much one wants watermelon in December, it just simply won't grow in the cold. There's no way around it.
The same principles can be applied to oneself. Take the time to learn your rhythm and flow. This will help you utilize your energy better and avoid having those feelings of stagnation and disappointment. I myself have learned that I truly do hibernate during the winter, and pick it up in the spring. I'm cyclical like that. Now that I have an understanding, I can use my energy wisely.
Becoming a mother presents a host of major changes for a woman. The first trimester of pregnancy is when the most drastic changes are occurring. The female body is literally growing a new organ - the placenta. This is a monumental task that causes massive fluctuations of hormones. And then, the third trimester of pregnancy is the most uncomfortable. The baby is larger and internal real estate is cramped. Many women wish to just have the baby and "get their body back" during the last trimester. These same women often miss the kicks and closeness they experienced while gestating the baby.
I encourage mothers to cherish every precious moment because the moments pass quickly. Dig deep into the difficult moments and open your heart and mind to what lessons they may be bringing. Know that the difficult moments too will pass.
No matter how brutal winter is, spring will surely follow. No matter how scorching hot the summer, fall will surely follow to cool things off. Life is a cycle of continuous changes.
In parenting also, children go through so many phases. Being a parent is an incredible blessing. Children just being themselves causes us adults to learn major life lessons. Babies and children don't need to learn how to be babies and children. It is us adults that have to learn to be good parents. Utilizing patience and understanding the seasonal nature and phases of parenting helps ease anxiety and other negative feelings.
Breastfeeding mothers can tell you all about the journey. It's not a straight shot. It's a journey filled with pot holes, detours, pit stops and meltdowns. But, every mom that gets over the hump, is so thankful that she did not give up on breastfeeding. Successful moms look back after a year and are thankful for all the time and money saved, and all the emotional and health benefits both mom and baby received from being patient and committed to breastfeeding.
So, mama, what is a tough time you got through or a good time that you savored?
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