Here in WNY, we’re all pretty sick and tired of winter. All of that “Walkin’ in a winter wonderland” stuff wore off months ago and since then, we’ve just been looking out of our windows with such….pleading. Sometimes our financial situations are like a long winter; we know that spring will come (and money will be flowing again) but, in the meantime, we still need to either hunker down and accept the limitations in our lives or put on our protective gear and venture out.
Winter in our finances may cause us to tighten our belts, which may feel restrictive. But a tightened belt can cause us to break free from our perceived limitations by prompting us to become much more creative and resourceful. We can rely on the old depression-era adage of “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”. We may gather more with friends, simply enjoying their company and perhaps a game of cards, we may watch movies at home with a nice bowl of pan-popped corn, and enjoy the simple pleasure of making something from scratch with only what’s already in the pantry. This is a delightful lesson to learn – the joyful of realization that we can achieve many things…when we have to.
This creative energy is the energy that makes spring (both seasonally and financially) come about; we create (or manifest) certain outcomes based on our actions during this time of austerity, isolation, and sometimes discouragement. It’s not an accident that this season starts off as a season to rest, be contemplative, to draw inwards so that we can muster the energy we need to force our circumstances to change. In addition, towards the end of the season, we simply cannot STAND one more day of it, and that motivation prompts us to move, to grow, to burst forth from the dirt we’ve been hibernating in and create the life we’ve been dreaming of all these dark months.
As it says in Ecclesiastes, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose.” May you appreciate the winter season and the wisdom it can provide, and may the seeds you’ve been planting during this time surprise you with a sprout of hope and success.