Guest Author - Elizabeth Stuttard
We are now at the beginning of another spring. Spring for me means new beginnings and a time of growth. I love to spend time outdoors. The weather is getting warmer so it makes me feel wonderful. I can watch the flowers coming up in the garden even though in my area the tulips wont bloom for another month or more. I can hear the birds singing every morning. I can smell the earth. I can taste spring vegetables such as asparagus, baby carrots, rhubarb, strawberries, and chives. I sing in a choir so we begin practising songs for a spring concert. However, it also means that I can take some time for myself and determine what I will begin to work on anew for the coming season. What would I like to learn? What dreams do I have that I can begin work on? How can I plan for this season so that I nurture my garden as well as myself? I have many questions to think about and make decisions about come spring. What does spring mean to you? As a distance learner do you take time to appreciate and plan for a season of renewal?
Some of the aspects to consider might be:
How do I expect this course I am taking to be of value to my life?
Is this the best use of my time at this point in my life?
What other priorities do I have right now?
Am I allowing enough time to care for myself such as my physical health, my mental health, my emotional health, my social needs, my learning needs, and my spiritual needs?
Do I have enough time to actually enjoy the spring by sitting in the garden, planting a garden, reading a book, or daydreaming for a while?
Can I plan so that all of the above factors are taken into account and so that there is time for all of them?
Yes, we are students and we need to study. Some of us also work and need to go to our jobs every day. However, we also need time for considering our hopes and dreams for the future. We also need time for personal growth and renewing our spirit. Taking the time to watch the plants growing again and the baby animals and birds growing can help us to think about our own growth and create ourselves anew in this season of rebirth. By fitting some of these activities into our schedules, we will build our enthusiasm for whatever we are doing and increase the enjoyment of the work that needs to be done.
I find this time of year to be a better time to set goals for my life than the beginning of a new year when I personally would rather hibernate than start setting new projects or goals. How about you? How can you wake up, warm up, lighten up and brighten up your life this season?