The spring of human life is much like that of a flower. First a foundation of rich soil must be laid down that will support life. Often this foundation is created with old plants that have wilted away. With humans, it is only because of their ancestors that a child can be born. The ancestors may have left for the spirit world, but they have laid down a foundation in DNA. Like with soil, they provide a child with nutrients, such as, genetic memory, talents, and physical attributes that will help them to thrive.
A Rich Foundation
With a rich foundation, the seed sprouts, grows larger, and becomes more fully formed over time. During this season humans, like plants, tend to be the most perfect. Plants in this stage have the least amount of damage from the sun, bugs, or weather. Likewise, young children generally haven’t been ruined by drama in the world or limitations being placed upon them.
Children, like young plants, need plenty of nourishment. Plants often need someone to water them, ensure they are getting the right amount of sunlight, and the proper nutrients. Similarly, children need food, clothing, and proper care, as they are not able to fend for themselves. In both cases, there is a tendency to need less care as they mature.
The damage to children, like to the plant, increases over time. Unfortunately, there are some children, like plants, that are greatly damaged during the spring season. For plants, this can be too much sun, too much rain, other weather events, or neglect. Similarly, some children experience traumas, neglect, or are given responsibilities far beyond their years. One of the big contributors to neglect is the tendency today to depend on electronic babysitters. When parents depend too much on devices for care, children will miss out on part of their development.
If children are lucky, they will have a strong connection to people in other seasons of life. It is through these connections that they will learn and grow emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Growing in physical stature without having the connections and nourishments to grow in all dimensions leaves a child without the proper development to thrive throughout all the seasons of their life.
In addition, connections to people in other seasons of life give children an understanding of people of all ages. This helps them to recognize and respect different perspectives. And, it will help them as they transition to other seasons of their life.
During this season of life, children are generally very curious and put their energy into learning and growing. However, as they mature, they often begin to yearn for the next season of life, desiring summer to arrive before they have completed their spring season.
In the next article in this series, we will discuss the summer season.