I love spring. One day it’s summer and next it’s winter. Spring is a promise of the future with setbacks along the way. Unlike autumn, which foreshadows decline, cold, and rest, spring predicts growth, warmth, and activity. Although we are confident of summer’s eventual arrival, spring’s erratic behavior tests our patience for change.
If we are unable to begin a change in our life, a change that we want and need, we can start with an examination of beliefs to reframe our thinking.
It’s okay to not know where you are in your career or personal life. And, not only is unknowing acceptable, it’s desirable. Unlike a walk in the wilderness, where it’s important to know your way, appreciate career or personal life wandering at certain times. When wandering in your career or personal life happens, cherish this time for greater self-understanding. While the wilderness holds dangers that could prevent you from physically coming home, short-term career or personal unknowing is an opportunity to come home to your values and aspirations.
I know spring has arrived when Robin returns to my window. He perches on a limb close-by and for long stretches stares at his reflection in the glass. At some point Robin flies to the edge of the window and begins to gently bump up against the glass. After a bit he returns to the branch, stares at the image of himself, and repeats this over and over for days.
Robin’s behavior is explained as his attempt to mate with a perceived female or to chase what appears to be a competing male from his territory. Robin’s instinct is to nest and mate. His behavior supports his instinct.
How did you feel after your last workplace performance review? Since then, do you look forward to your job every morning? Does the workday fly by? At the end of each day are you excited about tomorrow? Maybe your job is no longer a challenge and you feel unfulfilled? You want more and you don’t know what to do. You ask yourself, “Do I want to feel unfulfilled next year or longer and how do I find job fulfillment?”
About the Author
Richard Wilberg writes fiction, creative non-fiction, self-development, and career counseling articles. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.