Dormant Seasons

I do not like brown grass. I like fresh, green, soft grass. You know, anything from spring to fall is good for me. Spring grass is new and young and emerging from the ground. How exciting to watch it grow as our seasons change. I am also good with summer grass, although I like it better with a sprinkler in the air, the coolness of the water washing the heat of the day away. I love fall, it is probably my favorite season, so fall grass gets a free pass because I like it’s season. But brown grass… winter brown grass?? No thank you. It is not pretty. It’s color, if you can call it that, is depressing and drab, is that brown or just a really ugly beige? And have you tried to walk barefoot on it? UGH! Well, first off the weather is too cold for that nonsense, but come on, that stuff hurts your feet. Grass is not supposed to hurt your feet, surely that is written in some grass manual somewhere. I just hate brown grass…. but then again, I guess the green grass needs the brown grass to grow? I am not a horticulturist, I think that is what one who studies grass would be called, but I do believe they would tell me the grass needs a dormant season. So we need brown grass to have green grass? Yes, as a matter of fact we do.

A time of waiting…. the dormant season… yeah, not usually a fan of those either. The season where things stop and rest so that growth can occur. A time where pruning may occur.. ouch! Definitely not a fan of pruning. The dormant season outside is essential for the growth the rest of the year, and pruning during the dormant season is easier on the plants. A dormant season in my own life, while usually painful to experience can be of benefit to me too. I was never very good at activities in life that required I would sit quietly and grow. I think many times in my life I was too busy resenting the dormant season to see the benefit while walking through it. I can see it later, but I am really good at that hindsight thing, I think most of us are.

Now that I am older and wiser I am better at seeing the value of things like dormant seasons. I was not good at those concepts in my youth… ok, let’s be honest, probably not really good at it now. But, really bad at it when I was younger. Think about it, a season of your life waiting and building for the next season. Remember me from the last blog, I am the turn the page person, I want to get to what is next. But sometimes we cannot rush a dormant season. That quiet time of inner growth is essential for the next step. It is still growth and positive, but it is not always easy. And like the brown grass that season of growth is not always obvious. Dormant seasons of life can be solitude and quiet as we seek to listen to our inner selves, or busier as we strive to apply for jobs, prepare to move, go to school… the things we do while we are building for the next step. Just imagine how beautiful your next step will be after your dormant season. Your next season will come, seasons will keep revolving. Spring will come, and there will be beautiful green grass, tress will bud, and flowers will bloom…. and growth, growth will be outwardly obvious to you even if to no one else. Here’s to our growth, yours and mine. And here’s to our dormant seasons in life, may we always make the most of those times. Be well friends!

Published by Dr. Cindy Freer Conley

Hello Friends! I am Dr. Cindy Freer Conley, and I am so glad you are here! It is so nice to "meet" you. I am entering the world of blogging for the first time, I hope you find these readings worthwhile, helpful and entertaining. I have spent my career in one role or another of the mental health and counseling world. I have worked in private practice and in schools settings. I hold a PhD in Exceptional Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. I currently work in public education full time and adjunct part-time. I am a wife and the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of one young lady who is growing up way too fast. I didn't have all of the answers as a mother, although my kids would probably tell you I faked it often (I did). I don't have all of the answers now, but I do know so much more now than I did 27 years ago when I became a parent. I was a single mother for several years, and learned a lot about the unique struggles single parents face. I have spent time with great supports and time where I felt alone on my path - only to look up and realize I was never alone. We are all on a journey, enjoy the journey, but understand small changes on your part may make lasting impacts to someone else's journey.

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