Rains Reduce Risk of Drought Sequel
Oh sure, it seems redundant, since the word “drought” refers to a lack of rain. Duh. But the Associated Press article isn’t goofy, as the headline makes it sound.
Last summer, Texas dried up into a smouldering tinderbox that left dead cattle and wildlife all over, even in acreage that didn’t literally burn, which a lot of it did. But why didn’t we get any rain all summer? According to the National Weather Service, it was the unusually low rainfall throughout the spring. The dry land allowed temperatures to climb higher than usual during the summer, which led to even less rain, which led to higher temperatures, and so on through a deadly spiral.
This year, from March through May, we had about three times as much rain as we did in the same months last year. This time, the spiral will tend toward lower temperatures (not cold, mind you–this is Texas, after all) which will allow more rainfall, and in turn keep temperatures down, and so forth through a spiral of, um, normalness.
Apparently, each day’s weather does not stand on its own, like cards randomly drawn from a deck. Rather, the weather in the spring season tends to set up a pattern that continues throughout the summer.
Now, this may be a bit of a leap, but I think a similar principle applies to life. As each day’s weather does not stand alone, neither does each day’s quality of life. What I’ve done before tends to snowball on me.
I shared one “f’r instance” in my writing group’s newsletter: If I get “in the zone” and write three or four pages in one morning, that tends to motivate me into an upward spiral of more creativity. But say I get stuck. If I respond by stalling, I’m in danger of letting my ideas wither. The “stall” becomes a “vacation” which ends up as an “unfinished project,” or a writer’s drought.
I have to make my own “spring rain” by pushing past the obstacle.
More parallels occurred to me. Time management, especially if you are in school, is one general example. When I was in college the second time around, you better believe I stayed on top of every assignment. Each semester I kept up from the beginning, so I didn’t have to catch up toward the end. No academic drought for me. In fact, I harvested some pretty doggone good grades.
Or what about money? Do you save a little every month, or do you keep piling on credit card debt? The more you owe, the more discouraging it is to think of trying to save. Are you spiraling up or down?
Are you making steps each day toward your goals and dreams, whatever they are, or just letting them slide? You know: downhill.
In many ways, then, our spring choices set the tone for our summer climate.
But what if you’ve wasted your springtime? What if you are staring into the face of a financial, academic or career drought?
Well, the nice thing about life, as opposed to the seasons, is that spring can start any time we decide to make it start. Abandoned project? Flab instead of fitness? If you don’t like the looks of your current “summer,” you can pick up the pieces now and start a new spring. As near as I can figure, even a small step in the right direction is likely to spiral upward and your next season will be better for it.
What are you doing in your spring to prepare for summer?