seasons of life

 

 

In the previous article in this series, we discussed the how humans change as they move through the blooming of the summer season.

 

Autumn Begins

 

As the autumn season of life begins to set in, plants find their brilliant colors of summer fading. The stalk that was once strong and tall begins to slightly weaken. The bug bites and sun damage begin to be noticeable and the leaves begin to yellow. Likewise, humans entering the autumn season start to show the battle scars of life. The imperfections begin to be more noticeable, the hair thins, and more aches and pains are felt.

 

In the autumn of life, adults often are caring for their children as they move through the last years of spring and into the summer seasons. At the same time, people in this part of their life may be in a position where they have to begin providing care for a parent or other family member who is in the winter of their life. Thus, as their duties parenting their children are beginning to dwindle, their duties parenting their parents start to ramp up.

 

Being in the position to care for others, people in the autumn season of life may find themselves receiving little or no nurturing from others in their life. They are the ones that everyone else expects to provide the nurturing.

 

The Purpose of Life

 

It is during the autumn season that people are most likely to start questioning their purpose in life. They begin to look for more in life than their job. They want something greater than simply a way to sustain themselves. Additionally, their children are grown or nearly grown and they feel a bit lost, no longer having a laser focus on raising their children. Also, because their parents are starting to need some help from time to time, they see their future and feel compelled to find their way to leave a legacy and/or find something that gives them vitality.

 

As they see that winter is coming, they may also spend time yearning for the days of spring and summer. This yearning also contributes to the desire for more. It may be one of the reasons that people in the autumn of life are most likely to be the ones that gather the family together at the holidays. However, they may use those in the winter season as the rationale for the gathering.

 

In the final article in this series, we will discuss the winter season.

 

seasons of life - summer

 

 

In the previous article in this series, we discussed the birth and growth of human life during the spring season.

 

Summer Begins

 

During the summer season, the stem is bright green and the flowers unfold with brilliant colors. The imperfections are greater than in the early days of the plant’s life, but are still hidden by the beauty of the plant. Likewise, humans appear less flawed at this point than in later seasons in their life.

 

As humans enter the summer season, they come into full bloom. By the time they enter adulthood, they have neared completion of their mental and physical development. They have developed a strong stem composed of their knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors. They may continue to learn and change throughout their life. However, their foundation is now strong and the changes will be more incremental.

 

At this point, both plants and humans are ready to stand tall with less care required. Humans may even believe that they are beyond the need for nurturing. However, all humans need nurturing throughout all the seasons of life.

 

Freedom

 

It is during this phase of life, that humans have the most freedom. This allows them to be the most present in the here and now. They are focused on themselves, their careers, and their relationships. During this time, they may forget about the other seasons. They are glad not to be a child any more and they don’t really want to consider future seasons.

 

They may also have a lack of focus on family and friends that are in other seasons of life. They don’t call home as often or may not visit their grandparents. This is particularly true in the early part of summer.

 

Summer Progresses Toward Autumn

 

As the season progresses, people are more likely to have children of their own. As they do, their focus on the other seasons comes roaring back. They are now in the caretaker position with their child. Additionally, there is nothing like having a baby to bring your parents and other family members back into a person’s life. Suddenly, the focus shifts from the individual to the child and with that comes the broader family.

 

Through becoming a parent, many people come to the realization that the other seasons are still awaiting them. After inviting their parents back in their life, they may come to understand that interacting with the other seasons can be beneficial to them on their journey through summer and future seasons.

 

In the next article in this series, we will discuss the autumn season.

 

seasons of life

 

 

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.

 

Strong Connections

 

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.