On my daily commute today, I’m reminded how autumn teaches us to let go and release what’s no longer needed.
As the trees drop their dead leaves, they leave bare their branches, cold and naked they sway, not one fearing the inevitable, of exposure, of change, or of being left outside in the cold. They realise the beauty of the seasons, the purpose of life and why they change colour, and lose a part of themselves in autumn.
They stand not isolated or alone, but are aware of the many other trees who just like them, are leaving their branches bare. They are growing, they are changing and soon they will blossom again. But for now, they leave a crunchy, carpet of golden and red leaves beneath our feet, a sign for us to see, hear or even feel their presence, or maybe a gift for us to notice them and what they have to offer our world?
We can see their offerings as mess and clutter on our path?
Or we can be grateful for the reminder that its time for us to change too?
We have the option to release the old version of ourselves and face our naked fears, and in doing so, we realise we are not alone. We can accept the releasing of others and the changes they are going through, without pushing those leaves aside, as disregarded debris on our journey. As winter turns the days dark, and the bitter bite of cold chills our souls, we are comforted to know, others too are feeling it.
Keep warm, keep safe, keep yourself connected to nature and the real world, of real people you love, have loved or want to love, and know that spring is already on its way.
Hibernate if you must, but don’t forget to sow some seeds, ready to bloom when the summer sun makes you feel young, free and full of zesty energy once more.
For like the seasons emotions come and go, the environment changes too, and this is true not just for You but for everyone You know.