Seasons of the Soul


Vermont…The Green Mountain State is VERY greenish, emerald looking right now (like a cool rainforest without too many dangerous critters!). The picture I took is from my front porch and shows much of the rainy, temperate weather we’ve been having lately (yes, we lit another fire in our wood stove last night on June 11th!). And…yes, naturally, as the school year ends, we want to be outside ready to enjoy summertime barbecues, but instead we are inside as though winter is stilling dwelling in our midst.

The crazy weather can only make me think of the seasons of our soul. When it’s winter we want spring or summer or even autumn for that matter. Anything is better than winter most people would agree, unless you’re an avid skier or snowboarder. I do enjoy winter myself and love to ski, but I prefer summer. The seasons go round and round almost too quickly, and so do the emotions and seasons of our soul. Life events can put on a smile on our face and make us jubilant, or stress and sickness can creep in and make us feel glum. No matter what, life is always changing. We can’t stop it, but we can reflect upon it.

Right now our house is quiet. Our exchange students have all gone home, and we miss them. It’s a bit of winter in the souls of our family and reflects the weather quite well at the moment. Soon we WILL experience warmer, too-hot-to-be-barefoot summer days (at least we keep telling ourselves that) where the lake or air conditioning will be the popular place to be. Our souls will have the rest it needs. Then in the Autumn when the school year begins again and our home is filled with bright, smiling new students, we’ll look forward to the next season in the weather and our souls. How about you? How does the weather sometimes mirror the season of your soul?


About jvcarrwriterauthor

Everybody has realistic dreams, ones that start with a seed in the heart, are watered, then grow. Well...I finally published my dream, my young adult novel entitled Username: Bladen. The idea to write it literally struck me in the darkness of the night. I began this project not too long ago, though now it feels like forever. This book, in its original manuscript form, meandered down a typical publishing path in many ways, until it recently settled (Yay!) on the shelves of cyberspace. Soon, I hope it will find a happy home on the shelves of many book lovers, in a real home not just a virtual one. After all who doesn't like to see their dreams come true? Today, with the technological advances that we enjoy, dreams of publishing are well within a writer's grasp. Every mom, much to their chagrin, experiences sleepless nights. With six kids, I honestly can't remember the last time I slept through the night. Typically, when I wake up and can't fall back to sleep, I think too much about things, meditate, or pray. One night as I was praying, the plot for Username: Bladen literally flooded my thoughts. I got so excited about it that I decided to sit down and write and write and write. I spent a lot of time learning about publishing. I joined forums and writers' groups. When I finished my manuscript, I entered it into The Sandy Writing contest, which was a terrific learning experience. I didn't win, but one judge loved my story and gave me almost a perfect score. That gave me a lot of encouragement. I also queried it a little, and am amazed by how much I learned and loved the process. I know nobody likes rejection letters, but I appreciated the personal letters I received from agents that gave me insight into why they rejected my manuscript. Then finally, after I learned that publishers don't have a lot of shelf room for young adult novels with a male protagonist, I decided to stop querying and publish through Westbow. I found an extremely talented editor, and rather quickly finished the process of publishing my book. I couldn't be happier with the final result. If anyone has a story to tell, are willing to be diligent, and have a dream to be a published author, you can do it! Believe in yourself and make your dream come true!
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2 Responses to Seasons of the Soul

  1. Have to say it’s much the same in not-so-sunny Devon

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