You’ve all heard the expression “April flowers bring May Flowers” I’m sure. But what does it mean? Well in its literal sense of course, we need the rains of early spring to give us those beautiful flowers to enjoy in May. But what is the deeper meaning of the phrase beyond that? When we say it we are talking about how we are willing to put up with some less desirable weather in April because we know it is necessary so that we may delight in the lovely blooms that follow.
But we can also apply the phrase to other situations in life. Very often it is easier to endure a less than pleasant circumstance because we know it is essential for something better to come. The financial guru Dave Ramsey has a great saying “Live like no one else so you can live (and give) like no one else later on.” In other words, if you have a future financial goal in mind you will be willing to make the sacrifices that it takes right now in order to attain them. You appreciate the showers because you know they will result in a richness of flowers.
Are you a grasshopper or an ant? The grasshopper will ignore the future and just live for today only to be surprised when winter comes and he has nothing put aside to get him through the cold snowy months. Meanwhile, the ant has been working throughout the summer to build up a stash to sustain her throughout those food barren months.
Does this mean that the ant has no fun while he is preparing for the future? Absolutely not! There are a great many ways that that little ant can have fun while also taking the time to put those resources away for that rainy day. But the wise little ant always keeps in mind that winter is coming and does what she needs to do to be prepared.
So, yes, enjoy yourself for today. There are any number of ways that you can enjoy life for very little cost or for free. But if you are a wise little ant you will always be stocking up for the future so that (unlike that silly irresponsible grasshopper) when the future comes you will have an abundance to enjoy and your winter will be more like a gorgeous phantasmagorical riot of spring blossoms. Because you, my little friend, prepared for it.