There is something incredibly comforting to me about the seasonal change from summer to fall. There are many of us who share this sentiment. It’s our favorite time of the year. The temperature cools, the leaves change – even the smells change. And while there are also the cliche favorites like the pumpkin spiced latte or the eagerness to put out our “Happy Fall Ya’ll” sign out on our front doors, I particularly favor the season because of the sense of peace that I receive when it arrives.
For many of us, it is New Years Day that gives us a reminder of new beginnings. We feel as though the previous year has almost been washed away. We feel like we have been given a new chance. This is the way that I feel as August turns into September. Maybe it is the old habit of fall being the start of a new school year. Remember how new that used to seem? New clothes, new classes, and sometimes a new school. It felt like a fresh start. It felt new.
Life is a series of seasonal changes. Some are easier to bare than others. And while the extremely difficult ones can make even breathing seem difficult, we can look closely afterward and often see the reason for them.
While I am not proud of some of the choices I have made in the past, they were a part of seasons that better shaped me for the future. I would not be who I am today without them. My springs could not have provided such large blooms without my harsh winters. If we are willing to humble ourselves, we can learn so much more from the things that we do wrong as opposed to all of the things that we do right.
Seasons change. Life changes. Nothing is permanent. Nothing stays the same forever.
We will often hear people say, “I’m not good with change.” “I HATE change,” I heard someone say the other day. While that may be true to a certain extent, I think that the scariest aspect for us has more to do with the changes in which we feel we have no control. If I win a million dollars for example, that is a change that I will probably be happy with! It is the changes that we don’t expect, or even the ones we fear. Changes in relationships, jobs, finances, friendships, health – the things that we either hold dear to us or provide us security. Those are the changes that most of us feel we are not equipped to deal with.
Seasons change, because they have to. We change, because we must. There is no growth in always staying the same. There is courage in admitting that I must make some changes. It can be scary, but it is necessary.
And so, while the Autumnal Equinox is not officially until Sept. 22, I wish everyone a happy fall! I invite everyone to embrace the change in the seasons and to embrace the changes in your lives – because the most challenging thing about change is not that it is inevitable, but rather that the growth is optional.
We cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but we can change ourselves.