Spring is a time of renewal. Spring is the time of the year that we should be doing resolutions for changing something about ourselves. New Year’s resolutions are all well and good, but few people keep them. I guess the same would be true about Springtime Resolutions. Perhaps small items would be best as far as resolutions go. Then again, I did keep one this year. I published a novel. I hope to publish more later this year. I have assembled FCIS into a single file and will be publishing it when the story ends here on my blog site. It will go on sale in August of this year. My plan is to price it as low as possible, because I did have it here on this blog. I am planning to donate the royalties that I receive to the Michigan Humane Society. I think the agents would approve that.
Spring is a time for pledges like that, I guess. We have the promise of flowers and warmth, not that it showed that much promise in March, when spring officially began. Sometimes winter has a hard time letting go. That’s ok, it has to let go sometime. People are like that too. We don’t always know when it is time to let go of our fears and take a step. I did when I published my book. I was euphoric for days. I have not sold many books, but that isn’t really my point. My point is that I let go and did it. I published my novel and I think people like it. I hope they do anyway. I didn’t expect to sell that many – Smashwords warned that some people never sold a single book. That’s sad – didn’t those people have family or friends? I know some of my sales came from family and friends. They came right out and told me so.
Spring is a time of promise. Sometimes the best thing we can do is promise ourselves that we will do something, but we have to follow through and do it. This time of the year is the real New Year. Some ancient cultures likely did celebrate the New Year in spring. It makes more sense than in the depths of winter. Spring can be the promise of better things to come. It’s the time when new life appears – most animals produce their young at this time. It’s a time of plenty when grass grows green and tall – wait I have to mow that, depressing thought. Still it promises growth and warmth. We need that. We need the fun of playing outdoors, even though we have outdoor winter sports. There’s just something about spring that enlivens us. It isn’t just the warmth of the season, it’s something inside us that makes us feel good, for the most part.
So take the promise of spring and make a promise to yourself that you will change something. Make it small to give yourself a chance to achieve it and if you can’t keep your spring promise to yourself, take the joy of spring and enjoy it. Do your best to enjoy life, even if it is only in a small way. You will feel better for it.