Autumn is a favorite time of year, symbolic of life’s transitions. Whether that transition is one of growing older or perhaps just dealing with a major life change, there is a lot to be learned as we look at nature’s most beautiful transformation.
-There is beauty in the process of change. So often we wait for the change to actually occur that we miss how beautiful the actual process is. Have you ever looked at a leaf that is still half green while the other half is slowly turning orange or yellow? Not only is it beautiful, it is a sign of hope that something wonderful is about to occur. So don’t be in a hurry to change. Let it happen as it will. Nor should you be afraid of change. Fear will keep you from experiencing some of life’s most rewarding moments. Go slowly so that you can truly soak in the moments along the way.
-Autumn shows us there is respite for the weary. In the summer, the leaves give cushion to birds and their nests. They give shade from the intensity of the hot midday sun. Yet, in the fall, they slowly take leave of their responsibilities and flutter to earth as onlookers see them with a new appreciation. Know that hard work and responsibility are a part of life. But also recognize the fact that there is respite from that hard work and responsibility, whether it be a momentary respite at the end of a long day, or a more permanent respite as you enter retirement age. Be proud of your hard work, but take the time to sit back and appreciate your moments of rest.
-Autumn shows us life should be fun. The picture of colorful leaves fluttering through the air brings out the child in all of us. Who among us doesn’t love walking through a pile of leaves, feeling them crunch beneath our feet? Who among us doesn’t feel younger just by going for a walk in the cool, crisp air that comes with the fall? There are pumpkins and hayrides…apple cider and caramel apples. All of these bring out the child in us, telling us that life is meant to be fun, regardless of our age.
Take the time to really appreciate the wonders of autumn. In that experience, take the time to also appreciate the lovely transitions in your own life.