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In That Season

Photo by Silvestri Matteo

Photo by Silvestri Matteo

I'm sure you've heard it said that there are different seasons of life. I don't know anyone who hasn't. I've been through some great seasons of life: ones where I tried new things and made amazing memories. There were also hard seasons. Some were hard because they were painful. And some were just scary.

Every season teaches us something different. Sometimes they teach us multiple things. Whether a season is good or bad, we come out of it a changed person.

I recently went through a boring season. A season where I was waiting. Patience has never been my strongest quality, and in that season, I thought it couldn't get any worse. I was hard on myself, and at times, I was dramatic. I wanted to be busier than I was; I wanted to be doing more. It wasn't until I was out of that season that I pieced together all the things I had learned from it.

I learned to embrace the season I was in.  

I gave myself a hard time in that season. I thought I was wasting time, and I worried about things I didn't need to. There were things out of my control. And I couldn't enjoy where I was until I stopped fighting the season that would get me where I wanted to be.

When I embraced that season and stopped fighting it, I found freedom. It no longer mattered how I got there. I was there for a reason, and when I accepted that, I could actually enjoy the journey.

I learned to appreciate the little things more. 

Those moments I thought were boring, they were priceless. The ones where I read a book, took a hike through the woods, or simply sat in the sun, those were special moments. I thought they were things I did to pass the time, but they were moments of rest, peace, and joy. And I appreciate my boring season the busier I get. I now realize that season wasn't as bad as I thought it was.

I learned that it doesn't last forever.

Even the hard seasons aren't forever. That time when I'm not where I want to be, it isn't forever. I've made it through many different seasons. And whether good or bad, the goal has always been the same: to be a better person because of them.

Whatever season you find yourself in, embrace it, appreciate the small things, and enjoy your time in it. Every season is a part of getting you to where you want to be.

— Kristin