“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono
“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” – Genesis 8:22
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” – Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet“1 To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted” – Ecc 3:1-2
Coming to an understanding of how seasons work in my life has been one of my most profound discoveries.
Enduring through trials and celebrating victories has taught me to appreciate the balanced orchestration of seasons in my life. …in the universe.
I thank God for the beauty and for the yin and yang of it all.
I often write about trees. I believe that many poets do. I always go back to trees because they represent the seasons masterfully.
I sit by trees often. I will do so today. I feel that when I’m sitting by a tree, alone, it speaks to me, without words. I certainly feel more tranquil every time, after I sit and converse with a tree.
I believe that God gave us an example in trees (and in all of nature) on how he wants us to be.
Trees set an example of how to stand strong and proud during the winter season, unashamed even if scarred or naked.
And, in springtime, how to gracefully display the beauty that it took all winter to prepare for and present to the world.
On many occasions, I have walked through parks, mountain trails, and forests to get writing inspiration from trees.
As my understanding of how seasons work in my life became clearer, I began to see a pattern in how seasons operate throughout the universe, in my world, in my body, and mind. There is a Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall in all of these things, as well.
I believe that God gave us seasons, as well, Fall and Winter to make us stronger, wiser, and Spring and Summer to elevate our joy after we have endured the storms.
Nature has no choice…no free will. It must endure through the brutality of and appreciate the beauty of every season, as God commands it.
We have a choice, and it seems to ‘trip us up’. Maybe we shouldn’t We desire what nature does not offer to us, Summer year-round. We are a bit selfish.
But we forget that trees only bear fruit in one season, not year-round. This applies to us too. We should not expect victories and blessings at all times. Just is springtime always comes, so does winter.
Our resistance to seasonal changes in our lives, mind, body, and spirit is foolish for two reasons.
One, we ‘can’t stop the time’, as Bob Marley sang. It’s foolish to waste valuable energy resisting a force that is more powerful than we are. We will never win. We would do better surrendering to the seasons in which we find ourselves and seeking beauty in it. There is always good to be discovered, so sift through the rubbish of life well.
The second reason why such stubbornness is foolish is simple.
It’s because Spring Always Comes. …Always…
All we have to do is endure through the other seasons, and rest assured that better finances, health, state of mind, and body will come.
God guarantees this to us if only we emulate what trees and all of nature does.
I am hopeful that you will enjoy the supporting works that I share to complement this post –poetry, an inspirational message, and music.
By Kevy Michaels
Winds of Change
From Darkness to Light
Sickness to Health
Not even I
The gravitational pull
Those who try to fight it
Nothing is constant
Even a rock will change
To the power of Yin and Yang
I’m learning by
Falling from Trees
How to stand naked
With the audacity to stand
I’m Reflecting the sun
…My eternal source of light
…Echoing against the moon
In the dark of the night
I’m Weathering through cycles
Like the sand fox
Endures the sun
Winters are sometimes harsh
Forever, forever comes
Like A Tree
I want to be like a tree
Grounded in the soil
Nurtured by the Sun
For God has chosen its station
Bendable, but only when necessary
Humbled by its inability to move
Seasonally losing everything
That defines its Identity
But always returning to a greater Majestic Beauty
It is welcoming to all that find refuge
In its Tranquility
…Always standing firm
Even through ferocious storms
And when it can’t endure
Fighting the battle any longer
But does so gracefully
But not without planting a seed
So that its spirit lingers until time ends
Thank You, God
For giving me the Tree
Thanks for showing me
Just how you want me to be
God, I want to be like a Tree
Shot at the world largest reflecting pool Miroir d’eau.
directed and filmed by Luca Werner
music by Max Richter
Season’s Change – Andrew KearnsSeason’s Change from Andrew Kearns on Vimeo.
Volcano Choir – Husks and Shells
Seasons – Donald Lawrence (Lyric Video) – 669 views – Sean Agard – Published on Mar 23, 2018
This is one of my favorite stories that I shot and produced at KSTP in the Twin Cities on aging. I tied it in with the changing seasons. Notice the tight shots of hands and faces interweaved with shimmering leaves, the texture. I’m particularly proud of this story because I gave the much overlooked elderly community a voice. This story won an Emmy. Jon Menell was the editor.Seasons of Life from Creative Soul Video on Vimeo.
Gravity Life Ep1 ..Seasons…Gravity Life Ep1 ..Seasons.. from Ride.io on Vimeo.
WILD | 4 seasons of the VeluweWILD | 4 seasons of the Veluwe from SK Productions on Vimeo.
Sting All 4 seasons acoustic Live 1996 – 5,063 views – Alberto Fini – Published on Oct 17, 2015
The brief was to create some sort of a calendar that would be in the future. I decided to make a video of 12 vignettes that each represent a month, starting with January “1”. Each vignette is about 5-7 seconds long and is represented by color and music inspired by that particular month and season. For example Summer, July “7” is hot in New York, so I used a bright red/orange hue with feverish music to represent that. I incorporated rain and thunderstorms into the music as a way to depict the changing of the seasons. We shot at the Salt Shed NYC because the pure, clean cement backdrop felt very futuristic and minimal, a perfect backdrop to create these layered films.
These videos are meant to be used as pop-up videos before, for example, a longer fashion video/dialogue that would be in a futurist calendar about fashion trends and cycles.
Keziban Barry | Cinematographer + Editor
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