Fall is here. I just made my first pot of chili with cornbread last night. It reminded me that we are there: Fall.
I love the smells of fall, the colors, the beginning of the exciting holiday season. I love the foods of Fall. The sounds of leaves crunching under your boots. I love the scarves, the sense of seasons changing.
I love the symbolism of Fall.
Fall is symbolic to me of many things. One of my favorite stories about Fall came to me last year. You can read about that here.
Let me give you five ways Fall can change you:
1. Shed the old leaves to prepare for new growth.
At our old home, we had several established trees. They were large, beautiful silver maples, and throughout the year they provided such great shade for our home. Fall would come, and I would curse those trees! I cannot tell you the number of leaves they would shed: bags and bags and bags of leaves — all waiting to be raked into piles and bagged.
As I thought about Fall this year, I realized that there is a purpose in the shedding of leaves. It is a process that allows for new growth to begin. There are times when I need to shed the old to prepare room for the new. It may be a negative friend, those 10-year-old jeans, or the struggle you have with a bad habit.
Fall is the perfect time to let go of those things that are not working anymore. It gives us the space we need to prepare for what’s ahead.
2. Find the beauty in change.
I always love to watch the leaves change. They turn so many beautiful colors: yellow, orange, pink, red, brown. It is one of my favorite times of the year to take pictures. There is so much beauty in those changing leaves.
Although I admit that I struggle with change, I believe it in. Firmly. I would not want to be the person I was 15 years ago. I have gained knowledge, understanding and empathy with my years of growth.
Even now, through present changes, I see there are things I am learning. These lessons are learned sometimes slowly, often painfully, but with the intent that they can make me better.
I can choose to allow the change to make me bitter and crumble, like a dead, brown leaf, or I can choose to see how beautiful change can be. Red, brown, orange, pink. These are the colors of change. These are the opportunities before me.
Just like the story of the man pushing on the rock. He may never move that rock, but He can change. He can gain strength. He can develop muscles. He can find purpose. He can manifest faith. Those things may not move the rock, but they will change the man.
3. Prepare yourself for more difficult times.
Fall is also a reminder that we all have winters ahead. Whether we see it or not, every one of us has difficult times.
Fall is a reminder to prepare. We may not know what is ahead, but we can prepare ourselves physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually for those difficult times. When we fill ourselves, we will find we have the reserves to make it through when times get tough. It is hard to run an engine on an empty tank of gas.
4. Use all of your senses.
This one I love. Fall reminds me of all the beauty that I can experience. The smells of the leaves. The wetness of the ground. The colors all around. The tastes of fall food. The feel of the changing weather. The sound of crunching leaves. When I use all of my senses, I find that I enjoy life a little more, notice the beauty a little more, and feel gratitude in my heart for what I am surrounded by.
5. Trim off the things that are holding you back.
I recently read an analogy of pruning. Cutting something back almost seems to be the opposite of what we want. Don’t we want things to grown larger and bigger? Why would we want to cut something back and hinder the growth?
The truth about pruning, is that when you cut off the larger, older branches, the tree is able to send back greater nourishment to the newer growth. This allows for the new growth to flourish, for more fruit to develop, and also inhibits disease and rot. There are things in your life that have been there a while. They are probably comfortable. But, they may be holding you back from growth. Think about it right now. What are those things? What needs to be pruned away?
What do you need to give up so you are able to move forward?
So, here is the list:
What have you learned about yourself from fall? Leave a comment and let me know!