The trees and flowers are noticing a change. The weather may appear more like the mid summer hot season, but nature itself knows there is a change coming. Fall. The season that conjures up pumpkin patch walks with cozy sweaters and comfy jeans. That is not the case as such this year…at last not yet. If you put away those shorts and flip flops, its still high time to wear them.
You see, even though the outward appearance tells you once thing, change in the seasons in inevitable. It happens whether we want it to or not. It is not dictated by a outward appearance any more than the wishes of all of us that the good weather stay forever. Some things just change because they have to. It is the natural progression of time. That’s it. The leaves are becoming colourful and there is a different scent in the air. Heck, Starbucks has their Pumpkin Latte back and to some that is their calling card for the Fall.
If we delve deeper within ourselves, the same is true. Our lives, we believe. are spun around our work, family, activities – we feel that because we keep all the aspects of our lives structurally the same, that we will never change. We will forever remain the same people at this very moment until eternity. It works. Its comfortable. Its easier that way.
As much as I sometimes wish that were true, it is not. We change every day. It is not by outward appearance or activities that cause it to occur, but because it has to happen. Growth, development, personal change are not easy but they must occur to bring us to the fullest we can be. It is like a deep cell within us calls us to become the best version of ourselves. This process starts at that cellular level and causes the rest of our being to move towards that end goal like a bionic chain reaction.
I imagine the tree in all of its green glory, feeling pretty smug. Its leaves are full. Its done a great job in the summer to fill itself out. Now the air has changed and the leaves are painted dark reds, orange and yellow – drying up and falling off. The trees and feeling “naked” and vulnerable again.
Even in that state I had to admire the growth in the trunk, the root system has developed. These are things you can’t see or do not notice at first glance. You have to look back, think about the girth of that trunk at the beginning of spring to even remember what it looked like. “Yeah, right….it has grown quite a bit.”
Like us, the tree has to say farewell to all the external things it developed and resolve to find the joy in its growth. Those are the things that last. They are the true concrete measurements to declare its life. They truly matter.
In you, those are also true. Your development, sometimes even brought about through pain, is the true goal. We are not just human beings – we are human becomings. We change, grow and learn every day. What we once held dear now collects dust. Our internal vision and purpose becomes clearer. We say goodbye to the old self and welcome the person we are transforming into. Our leaves fall around us but we are more beautiful than ever. We made it through the past season and look forward to the next.
Change is difficult and comes at some cost… but it is worth it. Whether you now feel propelled in a new direction for your career, your friends or even in your deepest relationships. If you have experienced loss of things or people, or even loss of voice and know you need to step into a different path, change will happen. But it also allows you to become more aware of who you are and see the growth you have made. Sometimes it is just a little growth beneath the surface, but its still there and it counts. I still find the joy in that. In time, may you also come to find that joy in your change. This is your season. Your time.
I look forward to hearing how your season has transformed you and what things have grown out of that time