Crouch’s Couch

May 2, 2017

Spring is here again, ladies and gents. The flowers are in bloom, the birds are singing, and the sun is even making an appearance after many months of overcast, gray gloom. The stores are filled with pastel eggs, chocolate rabbits, and other classic symbols of fertility. Look around, folks, and it’s hard to miss signs of regrowth and rebirth all around us. The time is ripe for us to undertake renewal in our own lives.

Think of nature’s signs as an invitation from the gods. Periodically in this life, we have an opportunity to reinvent ourselves. The transition from childhood to adulthood is one such crossroads. You, dear reader, may find yourself at such a point in your own existence. I would humbly suggest that you take the opportunity to critically examine your choices and make an honest effort at self-improvement.

In this modern world, we are bombarded with information. Most of us carry devices with us that can distract us incessantly if we let them. Here is one opportunity for regeneration. Turn off your phone for a while. I don’t mean silence it – I mean turn it completely off. Give your mind and sprit a break from the fire hose of data that constantly overwhelms us. (If need be, let your parents know that you’ll be ‘off the grid’ briefly, just so they don’t worry.) Maybe pick up an actual book or magazine. You might be surprised how refreshed you feel after even an hour without the burden of constant connectivity.

Consider the world around you – and I don’t just mean as it relates to you personally, but as it relates to everyone. Jimi Hendrix once said, “I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors; now the whole world is here for me to see.” Despite our increased connectivity, it’s increasingly easy to surround ourselves with mirrors, focusing only on our own experience in this world. As Hendrix says, take your spirit and crash your mirrors – you might be amazed by what you see.

As you contemplate the rebirth and regeneration of nature that comes with spring, and the abundant symbols of fertility that surround us, take a moment to imagine how you, too, might experience personal renewal. Imagine the rite of passage that you might undergo as you transition from childhood to adulthood. Imagine looking up from your phone, shattering your mirrors, and seeing the wide world that surrounds us.

Imagine what could be, ladies and gents. Now imagine getting off my lawn.

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