To many, Singapore has no seasons. Frequent visitors speak of longing for the change – of winter and fall, of the hope found in spring. I have come to know a different Singapore. Singapore’s weather comes with distinct variations. They are much more subtle than New England’s winters or a California summer. Yet, they are unique in their own way.
There is a sense, especially of a gray fall day or a hot muggy Singapore summer, that nothing is possible. One wants to just sit, reflect, and do nothing! In one situation, one looks for a hot fire, warm drink, and a good book. In the other, one often seeks a cool room, gentle fan, and a cold drink. Both are touching edges of the same emotion.
As I look forward and back, I am aware of the currents that pull me in any of several directions. I can see others struggling with the same nightmare. How do we deal with the conflicting interests? What can we do with the demands in our lives? It is as if a battle is underway and we are at the center of everything.
Life keeps reminding me that there is an open invitation on how to respond.
“So, dear friends, take heart.” (Acts 27.25) We are in this together. Even in the unique paths of our lives, we share far more in common that we hold uniquely.
There is a time to act and a time to rest. Stopping is as important as moving, sometimes more so! Am I acting from a position of rest and reflection? Do I have a sense of perspective and purpose?
Be ready to seize the opportunities when they come. Until then, prepare and be patient. There are always things that one can do, even if it means doing nothing! Friendships can be nourished. Conversations can be had. Learnings can be embraced.
I can sense a change of seasons. It is a time of opportunity. It is a moment filled with hope and new beginnings. It is life giving us an invitation to More.