There are patterns in life that we notice. For my family, Spring has always been a difficult season.
I’ve written about it a lot. The Madness of March, Good Friday, Longwood, The Final Gift are just a few posts that address tragedy and loss in this beautiful season of growth and renewal.
It occurs to me that we have the power to change the narrative, change our perception, even our mood.
We can indeed turn the page.
A simple example just happened for me.
Spending time with my daughter in her new home, with all the hope and promise she shared, allowed me to welcome in the Easter holiday in a perfectly new way.
Positivity. Optimism. Sheer joy.
It is the reason I also worked carefully to plan my second pregnancy so as to welcome my son in the month of April.
Almost 30 years ago.
It still works to keep me looking forward to the month of April and out of the many moods of March.
There will be setbacks, no doubt. Our extended family will always provide challenges, but it is so comforting to know that we will/can survive them all.
We can always turn another page.
Thank you for your beautiful words of wisdom and optimism. I’m thankful for your inspirational spirit, Van. Hope your spring continues to bloom with joy-filled days. xo
Thanks, Kelly. I’m sorry for myself and so many who take decades to figure out that you don’t have to stay in that sorrowful place. 💕
I agree and thank you for bringing that to light in your gentle way. xo
So nice to hear your spring is filled with light. 🌷
🌞 It is, for sure. Thanks, Julie. 💕
Wow, I didn’t even plan and welcomed both my boys in April. Maybe my subconscious knew it would be a good thing!
Maybe so ? March has always been a transition month for me. I blame it on conception, I was a December birth. ☺
Yes, we truly can turn a page. Here’s to more inspiration and positivism 🙂
Thanks so much, Jacqueline, for folks like yourself who contribute to all things positive. 🌞
Yes Spring helps us turn that page.. And as you rightly said.. we at times need to turn our thoughts to those brighter things in life as we so often feel de-pressed by the winter’s gloom and the constant bombardment we are dealt via the world at large..
Happy forthcoming Birthday to your Son.. and I hope your daughter has many years of delight in her new home.. ❤
Yours is another blog that one can turn to in the search for positivity. Thanks so much for your good wishes, Sue. 💘
Thank you also for that lovely compliment Van ❤
It is true what you say. Things happen and we need to turn the page at times. My mother-in-law chose the birthday of my son to die. He felt horrible the first two years. I couldn’t stand it when my theatric sister-in-law started talking on his birthday how tragic it was. I said: “Yes, it is sad, but I am happy that we have something beautiful to celebrate on that day too and that counts more, because Joe is still here.”
Oh, my, Erika. That’s a pretty striking example of turning things around. Poor Joe. It’s good he has your positive, loving spirit to move him forward. 💕 I sympathize… it seems like we all have that drama queen relative.
Oh, you too are lucky…. I don’t see the sense in it but there must be one… somewhere…. lol!
Page turns don’t have to keep us on our toes in real life!
That real life…I’ve been on my toes a lot, I guess. Thanks, Linda. ☺
You are here. That is all the proof needed to show that new pages can be turned every season and every day. 💕
Much truth in that, Val. Thank you. 💖
Yes…Always. Excellent, thank you.
My pleasure, Robert. ❤️
Thank you for your inspiring words, Van. Great reminder! 💛
Glad you could appreciate the sentiment, Tonya. 💖
So beautiful dear friend ….turning a new page with hope and joy …thank you van for this inspiration ….love , megxxx
And from you, Meg, always a supportive thought. Thanks once again. 💕
Nice to know the spring is full of hope and light… 🙂 Always, indeed…
Glad you agree, Maniparna. Thank you. 💖
Such wonderful thoughts and ideas! I love where you say we can change our perception, turn the page! so inspirational!
Thanks, Lynn, it seems so simple in retrospect. 💖
It does seem simple but at the time can be hard! Love you putting it into perspective!
We do have the power to rewrite our own stories. Thanks for sharing the power, and best wishes to you, your daughter in her new home, and your family.
Thanks so much, Norah, for your kind thoughts. 💘
It is wonderful that your daughter’s joy is changing things for you.
The timing was pretty perfect, Linda, and she’s had a few rough years herself. Thanks. ❤️
Those shifts in perspective are powerful, Van, and they seem important since loss can litter many seasons. It’s hard when they cluster together or hang over holidays like a cloud (as in my case). How wonderful that you can tap inot the joy of your daughter’s new home and start gathering new impressions of Spring.
It began improving with the birth of my son. But as they grew up, I lost it a bit. So grateful for new perspectives as they arrive, Diana. Thank you. 💛 💙 💜
Quite a few years ago November was that month for us. Too many losses or difficult one to. Then our daughter was born in November and we never looked back. I’m so glad you found a way to turn that page. Here’s to many happy March days in your future.
We were married in November, as were several others in our family…a way to celebrate in a rather dreary month. Thanks for your good wishes, George. ❤️
Great post! Spring does seem like an odd time for struggles, but I totally feel the timing the same as well. Is it the tragedies and even something more I always wonder. You are right in turning the new page, working on that, but I also hold my tragedies dear, so conflicting. Thank you for the great words!
It’s somewhat ironic to be down during the season of growth, rebirth, flowers, etc. And I do understand the love/hate we all have with our personal tragedies. Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Moody. ❤️
Truth! Yes, we cannot change what happens to us but it’s great to know that we have the ability to change how we react to it. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.
My pleasure. Thanks for spending time on my blog today. 💖
You’re very welcome, I enjoy it here. 🙂
Beautiful. Happy belated Easter.
Thanks, Kitt. ❤️