When you think about your finances, does it send you into a sudden state of panic? Or depression because you’re where you think you should be? It’s easy to let thoughts of mounting debt or a delayed retirement get the better of you. But sometimes it’s the moments when you feel like you’re most in the weeds and struggling that are the most important seasons in your life.
Winter is filled with freezing temperatures, snow and ice, but it’s also an extremely crucial season of the year. I say this because I like apples, I like apples a lot! I would never have had the opportunity to taste an apple if it were not for winter. You see, in order for an apple tree to germinate properly it must spend a large number of hours in cold temperatures.
For instance, the Gala apple must have at least 600 hours in colder temperatures in order to be properly prepared to yield a harvest in the summer. How often have you spent the blustery, dark days of winter thinking about how happy you are for the cold so that you could have apples in the summer?
Why do we care about apples and how winter affects their germination? It is a great metaphor for us and our seasons of life and the seasons that occur within our financial life. Finances are like a fruit orchard. We plant seeds at the proper time in the proper soil and wait patiently for the tree to bear fruit. If you planted the seed in the incorrect season, it would not grow and develop into the beautiful tree it was destined to be.
We spend most of our time dwelling on the failures and deficiencies that arise in our finances and little or no time celebrating our victories. We sit in the “winter” of our financial life and never transition out to any other season. Spring is a time of celebration, rebirth, and growth and signals the coming harvest; but this would not be able to occur without the season of winter.
We need a season of rest and regeneration to prepare us for the coming explosion of energy and effort. Look at the things in your life that have offered you reason to celebrate and be proud of your efforts, the things that brought you a moment of joy and peace. Revel in those moments.
Let the satisfaction of accomplishment warm your spirit and give you reason to dance. While you dance, take a moment and look at what allowed you to achieve the victory. Can you duplicate that effort and energy in the next goal? Can you recreate that landscape of success and move toward victory in your next goal? Create some space, rest a bit, pause and determine how you can find apples in your life.