My parents were right when they told me that time goes by faster as we get older. I can’t believe it’s November already. We are almost into a new year – 2017! Wow! Where did the time go?
This time of year brings up many different emotions for people. A lot of what I hear expressed are statements like dreading the time change, all the clean up in the yard, rainy weather, how early it gets dark etc.
I’m sitting outside on my front porch watching the beautiful fall leaves come down in the breeze. I am absolutely enamored with the colors of these trees every year. Liquid Ambers. How many times I have heard people complain that they are such a mess. Not to me. After living in a mountain community that was, at the time, more newly developed, I missed the fall colors in my yard. The trees were just so young at the time. The mountains themselves there was certainly color but very short lived. Blink and you’d miss it. Here in No. California fall lasts longer. From bright yellow to deep red, these leaves remind me every year that it’s time to let go, slow down and go inward just like the plants are preparing to hibernate and rest for the winter. I love to see the leaves on the ground giving back to the earth. The prickly balls these particular trees drop are great kindling for the fires we have in our wood burning stove.
The time changes tonight and so the days will continue to get shorter and the nights will be longer. I’ve grown to love that. Again, it’s a reminder to me that it’s ok to slow down and rest. Light candles, curl up in front of the fire with a good fiction novel, great conversations with my husband or go to bed earlier and catch up on sleep. The one who struggles the most with the time change in our house is the dog. He just can’t figure out why dinner is so much later that it used to be!
Are you one that struggles with the shorter days? Are there ways of changing your point of view so that you might embrace this inevitable shift in nature every year? Can you choose to work with the change instead of fight it? Would you be willing to slow down and rest a bit? Are there a few “to-do’s” that you might push the pause button on so that you too can go inward?
When we choose to work with what is instead of against it, life flows amazingly well. My wish for you this Fall and Winter is that you take time for yourself to recharge so that you enter Spring rested and ready to embrace who emerges.
Golden, crisp leaves falling softly from almost bare trees,
Lifting and falling in a hushed gentle breeze,
Slowly dropping to the soft cushioned ground,
Whispering and rustling a soothing sound.
Coppers, golds, and rusted tones,
Mother Nature’s way of letting go.
They fall and gather one by one,
Autumn is here, summer has gone.
Crunching as I walk through their warm fiery glow,
Nature’s carpet rich and pure that again shall grow,
To protect and shield its majestic tree,
Standing tall and strong for the world to see.
They rise and fall in the cool, crisp air.
It’s a time of change in this world we share,
Nature’s importance reflecting our own lives,
Letting go of our fears and again, too, we shall thrive.
By Edel T. Copeland