📖 Lessons from “The Seasons of Life”

June 29th, 2020

Book cover

A short book that I keep coming back to over the years. It’s a great reminder that I have full responsibility for my own life and its outcomes.


Shape your attitude

  • Your attitude is the most important thing to nurture.
  • Attitude determines choice, and choice determines results.
  • By your attitude, you decide to read, or not to read.
  • Everything about you has been determined by your attitude.
  • Take care about what you let in to shape your attitude.
  • You are given the choice to think, or respond out of habit.
  • The only constant factor in life is our feelings and attitudes toward life.

Spring

Springtime is a season of activity and opportunity. It’s a time to take action and plant seeds.

  • Choose action, not rest. Choose truth, not fantasy. Choose a smile, not a frown. Choose love, not animosity.
  • Choose the good in life and in all things, and choose the opportunity as well as the chance to work when springtime smiles on your life.
  • Seize moments as you find them and mold them into your own better future.
  • Do not use today to mentally re-live yesterday.

Seize the infrequent opportunity to do nothing for a change, or something for a change; force yourself to turn off the television, and embrace the opportunity for having family conversation, or even silence.

Life is truly a constant beginning, a constant opportunity, a constant springtime.

Summer

Summer is a time to protect, it’s a time for guarding against busy bugs and noxious weeds. In spring you created—in summer you let your creations grow.

Life is designed to be a story of achievement in spite of adversity, not in the absence of adversity, for without adversity achievement could not exist.

  • Smile at adversity, for it will surely appear.
  • The human character is formed not the in absence of difficulty but in our response to difficulty.

We must change our habits, our attitudes, our opinions, and often our occupations, residence, and even friends, if circumstances are ever to change.

Invest your time in worthy projects; invest your thoughts toward a worthy purpose; invest your talents toward a worthy occupation; invest your affection toward a worthy recipient; and finally, reserve your greatest respect for yourself, for it is that image…what you perceive yourself to be…that determines the quality of life.

Since you cannot control the weather, or the traffic, or the one you love, or your neighbors, or your boss, then you must learn to control you…the one whose response to the difficulties of life really counts.

Do not spend time regretting the past, but invest that time wisely by preparing a better future.

Fall

Fall is a time when you reap the rewards of your toil. It’s a time for gathering the evidence of your past efforts.

It is a tendency of humans to look at those who enjoy success as having been, at some earlier time, either lucky or dishonest. Surely, the man driving the luxury car toward his expensive home on the hill could not deserve it through hard work and sacrifice. Such is the language of the poor.

You cannot plant one crop and expect to reap another just because you change your mind during mid-summer.

Winter

Winter is a time of recovery, and a time for rediscovering an often misplaced sense of purpose.

To those who are prepared, who have planted abundantly in the spring, guarded their crops carefully during the summer, and harvested massively during the fall, winter can be yet another season of opportunity. It can be a time for reading, a time for planning, a time for gathering our strength for the coming spring, and a time for taking comfortable shelter.

  • Winter is a time for rest and enjoying the fruits of your labor.
  • Much of life is in learning to always remain part of the solution rather than allowing yourself to become part of the problem.
  • Blaming outside influences for the circumstance of winter is a convenient excuse for misplacing responsibility.

The physically inactive season of winter is a time for adding to our storehouse of knowledge through continued education, which in truth, does not mean learning things that we do not know, but in learning to behave as we do not now behave.

Let not the winter go by without investing much of your time in assuring, teaching, and encouraging others.


Life is going to continue, even though you may now be defeated.