Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness

Has Spring Sprung?

It’s been a couple of weeks since daylight savings time began and I don’t know about you but I’m loving the extra sunlight.  There is something about turning the clocks forward that offers hope.  The hope that spring is coming and that means emergence and renewal.  We are provided hope that the next season is coming and going forward in time is a testament to your strength and conviction to live your life to the fullest after being diagnosed with a chronic or other life-altering illness.

This time of year is symbolic in so many ways so taking the opportunity to explore its personal meaning for you is a good place to begin.  As spring approaches (even though technically it’s already here) what thoughts and emotions are in the spotlight?  What associations do you make with the spring season and how does that show up in your daily life?

The landscaping company came this past week and aerated the lawn.  Now it’s time to fertilize and rake away the dried grass that won’t return new and revived.  It’s these types of rituals that come with the season or renewal.  What do you need to do to prepare your mind, body, and spirit for the new season?  New seasons don’t only need to correspond to the weather or time of year; we can create our own seasons.  Maybe your season changes when you finish a course of treatment; that would feel like spring.  Perhaps a flare has subsided and the angst that comes with the flare has subsided; that would feel like spring.  It’s even possible that you’ve had a spiritual awakening; that would definitely feel like spring.

The process of renewal is part of your journey to health and healing.  It provides you with the support and encouragement to continue on your journey.  It brings you the idea that living in the place of possibility is not only within reach, but essential to the healing process. 

How do you manifest spring in your life?  What does spring feel like, smell like, taste like, sound like, and look like?  How does it get translated into real life occurences on your journey to wellness?


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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