winter fun

Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.

~ Steve Maraboli

Many of us are craving spring.

I know I am.

It’s hard not to.

After weeks of snow, snow and MORE snow…I’m craving the new season.  I want to open the windows.  I want to smell the fresh air.  I want to feel the warm sunshine on my skin.

But the cravings I have aren’t fitting in well with the 6 more inches of snow we just got.  Or with the fact that the boys have been sick the last few days.  So any plans I had were pretty much replaced with wipes, diaper cream, no chicken noodle soup and laundry.

This past weekend reminds me that there are things out of my control. And although I can’t control everything, I can learn how to stop craving something beyond my control.

It seems like the more I crave something, the less OK I am with the present moment.  Because I’m wanting what IS to be different.  I want winter to go away, dang it!!!  But I can resist and fight it, or simply get over the fact that I can’t change the weather.

Our routine has been thrown out the window.  Any hopes of outdoor picnics and zoo visits are shot.  And the things I really want to do – like work on my e-course, write, paint, go to yoga, play in the warm sunshine – has been put on hold.

playin in spring snow

So in the midst of caring for sick kids, I knew that I had to get out, even if just for a few minutes. While the boys were napping yesterday, my husband and I ran out into the snow to take pictures.

We jumped.  We ran.  We laughed.

And I felt so alive and so free.  This was the recharge I needed to carry me through the rest of the sick, snow day.

The snow has dropped.  My babes are sick.  I can’t change the weather.  I can’t keep the boys from ever catching a stomach bug.  But, I know spring will come – in its own time, in its own way.

And while I learn how to wait patiently,  I can stop resisting.  I can stop craving something that is out of my control.  I can stop putting my energy in the wrong places.  I can remember that I do have the power to change many things in my life.  And when I remember that…I am free.

Your Personal Reflection:

What is holding you back?  Are you trying to control something that is uncontrollable?  Can you let go of the things that are out of your control, and take charge of the things you can change? Start making those changes TODAY, and soon, you will see the true gifts that the much-anticipated new season will bring.