I find the use of words in the English language amusing, entertaining and unusual. I am thinking specifically now about the time of year that we are in. Notice that we spring into summer, and fall into winter. What pictures do these words paint for you? For spring I see myself taking giant leaps and bounces, in the sun of course, through a field of flowers going somewhere. For fall I see myself flopping down on a big fluffy bed and heading for a long winter’s nap. Both words, in these terms, indicate preparing or moving on towards something or somewhere else. One moves us outward; the other moves us inward. Are the words perfect for the seasons, or are they responsible for leading us to believe something about the seasons?
There is so much more to these two words. We do not necessarily need to wait for their respective seasons. We can spring forward at any time, not just when they tell us to change our clocks. That tight inner spring can be released at any time, allowing us to bounce and jump where we want, when we want. Exhilarating…like the cool fresh water from a bubbling spring.
Fall does not necessarily have to have a negative connotation or be tied to being hurt. It also means to come down. It’s OK to take a fall. It gives us time to rest, recuperate and rejuvenate… so that we can again spring to new heights.
Don’t fall for the expected. Take time to fall into peaceful rest. Put some spring in your step when you feel the urge, no matter what the weather. Be aware that spring fever can hit at any time.