It's May in Montana! One of my favorite months of the year when the snow that has been holding on starts to melt away, the dreary days of winter slowly moving from sepia tones to hues of innocent pastels that invite new life.
Just last week, I awoke to my maple tree in the front yard, regarding the buds that had seemingly opened up overnight. I am always amazed by this phenomenon, because it seems like one day the tree is bare, and the next day it is opened! But I know that the tree has been planning this rebirth all through the winter, dreaming big about once again making its debut for another year! It has the same trunk, and the same branches, but new leaves- somehow honoring all the years of leaves that have come and gone seasonally.
We can learn a lot from nature! Nature has the cycles of life figured out! Mother Nature seems to always dream big; you only have to look at the Montana landscape snapshot of winter, then spring to recognize Mother Nature dreams BIG!
But more importantly, Mother Nature dreams and thinks smart. Her dreams are based on correct timing, because the flowers and plants actually calculate the amount of days they should be dormant. If a flowering plant were to bud too early, it may not be able to reproduce, or it could even die.
And yes, this sometimes happens in Montana, as I have seen when I planted my garden too early. So I guess the key we learn from Mother Nature is that timing is awfully important!
As I reflect upon my own life at the moment, I can understand so many parallels. I have had many goals and dreams I have written down in the last five years, trying hard to achieve a better me, live more in HARMONY, and be my best self.
A few times when I either tried to accomplish something too fast, or the timing wasn't right for these goals, I have not succeeded. However, the few times I practiced SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) I had great success!
I also believe we are like my big maple tree in so many ways. We are the same person, living in the same body branching out. Our dreams, accomplishments, challenges, and life lessons are the leaves that we see change from season to season and year to year. We are a product of many cycles of dreaming, changing, taking risks, falling, and blooming once again.
So DREAM BIG, but also DREAM SMART. Take a few hints from Mother Nature and let yourself bloom!
by Jen Slayden