A kite is traditionally a tethered heavier-than-air craft with wing surfaces that react against the air to create lift and drag. A kite consists of wings, tethers, pulleys, and anchors. Kites often have a bridle to guide the face of the kite at the correct angle so the wind can lift it. (Wikipedia)
Different countries and regions have designated certain times of the year as kite flying season. There is National Kite Month in April across North America, and there are more than 200 festivals yearly in Gujarat. For some in the Caribbean region the kite flying season is soon to begin.
A period of time, marked by particular characteristics, is a season. When it comes to our personal Kite Flying season, there are three (3) specific characteristics that help manifest a year-round season of holistic, healthy, progressive living in our lives.
Characteristics of Our Kite Flying Season
1) Keeping Interests that Energize
“Life is what we make it.” As we go through life we will experience various emotional seasons. These emotional time periods might be as short as mere hours, days or weeks, or months, years or decades. As we go through life and the emotions come and go, it is those of us who are able to find a stabilizing force that will be able to maintain progressive movement and not be pulled and pushed every which way with each arising and/or fleeting emotion. This is where ‘keeping interests that energize’ come into play.
An interest is anything, person, cause, project or philosophy that occupies us. It has the power to give meaning to our being. It naturally attracts the investment of our minds in some way and creates a zest and fervor for life and living.
When we are in our season of ‘keeping interests that energize’ the emotional seasons that come along in life are kept in perspective and tend to become more limited in any possibility of causing us to become too overwhelmed.
2) Keeping Individuals That Empower
Many countries select spring as the best season for kite flying since winds are prevalent. It is when the kite is held at the correct angle that the wind can lift it and it is able to soar. Most of us have heard the song, Wind Beneath My Wings. When we are surrounded by individuals that empower us they act as the wind that encourages us to adopt a particular approach or angle to life that helps us move through experiences more positively and progressively.
The flying of a kite requires plenty of running space and open sky. It is these empowering individuals that support our stepping out and stepping on in this world; stepping with a sense of hope, potential, and joy, which are qualities all symbolized by spring and are considered ideal for kite flying.
It has been noted though, that springtime is also the season for thunderstorms. Life’s thunderstorms are those experiences that test our ‘testicular fortitude’. Keeping individuals that empower helps us then by showing and supporting our existing strengths and giving us the courage to look within and around for new or existing strength sources.
3) Keeping Internal Thinking Exemplary
Kite enthusiasts are well aware that while good weather supports kite flying, there remains no substitute for a well-constructed kite once it is exposed to the environmental elements. So too it is for us. Earlier we mentioned the varied emotional periods of life and the emotions are usually simply a response to the different environmental factors met as we journey through life. They might be relationship environmental factors, familial environmental factors, work-place environmental factors and or social or financial environmental factors.
We can only rise to meet the demands of our environmental factors when we are keeping internal thinking exemplary. Otherwise, we will remain grounded similar to that poorly constructed kite.
Exemplary thinking implies thoughts that help and support our positive and progressive endeavours in different areas of our lives.
So, whether you enjoy the act of kite flying or enjoy watching the kites take to the air; remember that we all have the opportunity for a year round kite flying season in our lives. A season marked by keeping interests that energize, keeping individuals that empower and keeping internal thinking exemplary; but, most of all, a season characterized by healthy holistic living.
By Kerriann Toby
Kerriann Toby holds a Master of Counselling and Bachelor of Psychology. She is a dynamic therapist, trained mediator; and educator since 2000. In addition to being a trained educator, mediator and therapist, she is a certified Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Professional. Kerriann has also trained in cybercounselling and holds clinical registration with Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) & Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
In mid-October 2015 she initiated operations of KarryOn geared toward the provision of a variety of enhancement and developmental services for the individual, groups and the organization; e-Coaching/Counseling, Mediation, EAP Services and the creative presentation of psycho-social information. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org