The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all. ~Josiyah Martin
Spring to me, as to many others, feels like a time of new beginnings. Blossoms bloom, spring flowers are abundant and the colours in nature are so vibrant after the cold, grey winter months.
There’s also something about the calming, stillness of water rippling gently through the wilderness that many of us find a blessing to our soul; hence the image I’ve shared here today.
What’s your favourite time of year? Does the spring make your heart sing? Or do you prefer the warmth of being wrapped up in front of a log fire looking at the winter weather outside? As much as I know we need the rain and nature needs the seasons to thrive in all her glory, I must admit I find wintry weather a struggle.
Where do your thoughts take you as we leap into spring-time? Is it your happy place or does it leave you feeling a little melancholy for the closeness and snugness of those winter evenings hugging a mug of cocoa in front of the fire?
I guess that’s the beauty of having seasons really, there is a happy place for everyone! What connects you to that feeling of hope and new beginnings that spring provides for me? What gives you energy and enthusiasm for each new day and helps you to get up in the mornings? For many of us it’s something outside of ourselves that does that, responsibilities towards loved ones or pets, thriving in our work life, looking forward to the challenges each new day brings. Sometimes those very things that give us energy and hope can also be the things that stress us out and give us sleepless nights when things aren’t going so well though.
We all develop coping mechanisms to help us to deal with challenges, some are more effective than others and some can be more harmful to us though we don’t always realise that for some time.
If there is anything bothering you, as chaplains part of our role is to help you find ways of nourishing yourself, giving yourself time to explore what will help you to feel positive and hopeful in life. We are that listening ear that you can bounce thoughts, hopes or concerns onto. We’re here to listen whatever you would like to talk about and if you just want to break up your day with a light-hearted conversation that’s great too. We are just as welcoming of sharing in your good times as we are at listening if you need to talk through concerns. Our aim is always to leave you feeling a little lighter in mood.
If you don’t manage to catch up with a chaplain on site, as always you can contact us via email on firstname.lastname@example.org where you can request a call-back, or you are very welcome to call me directly on my mobile: 07526 378529 either to chat or to arrange a time to meet up with one of the chaplains.
We also have a range of resources on our web-site including some that are more specific to the Covid-19 outbreak and some that help in dealing with stress: https://mite.org.uk
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