Thursday, October 25, 2018

what the fall can teach us about life

The other day I decided to take my workout outside and went down to a local park in our area and did a long 4 mile walk. Aside from ending up in the middle of a high school cross country race (whoops), it was so relaxing to be outside in the middle of nature on a perfect fall afternoon. 

As I walked through the wooded trails, crunching the dead leaves below my feet, I gazed up at the beautiful red, yellow and orange leaves on the trees above me and couldn’t help but think how every year when fall rolls around, nature just knows what to do. 

Life is a lot like fall and it got me thinking about what this beautiful season can teach us:

Embrace Change
Just like the leaves routinely change color every fall, we are ever changing as well. However, so often you hear people say, “I hate change,” which is understandable to a degree because usually change equals some kind of discomfort. However, how boring would life be if nothing ever changed? There would be no growth, no progress, no new beginnings, no new opportunities, no new relationships. In fact, the more we resist change, the longer we delay our new season and potential for new growth. When you stop and put it in perspective, every good thing that has ever happened in our lives has happened because something changed. Change is inevitable and like the leaves of fall, it’s going to happen whether we want it to or not…so we might as well learn to embrace it. 

Let The Dead Things Go 
Isn’t it something how we find trees in the fall most beautiful when they are in the midst of letting go. Unlike nature, the act of letting go can be much easier said than done. However, what good does it do to hold onto the dead things in our lives? Whether it be a relationship, friendship, job, memory, bad habit, or even the dead ends on our hair…it doesn’t make sense to hold on to things that no longer serve us, make us better, or bring us joy. Just like the trees don’t cling to their dead leaves, we must learn not to hang on to the things in our life that have no more room for growth. When we let go of the old, we make room for the new. 

Beauty in Impermanence 
Fall reminds us that impermanence is the very essence of life. Nothing lasts forever and nothing ever stays exactly the same. We know the fall season does not last forever, so we cherish it that much more—the color of the trees, the smell, the sounds. We enjoy our traditions, the decorations and our pumpkin spice lattes. When we observe the impermanence of everything, we start to really appreciate what we have, while we have it. We savor things more when we know they're temporary, and we don’t take them for granted. Fall is a great reminder of this—to love and appreciate what and who we have in our lives and to cherish and embrace every moment as we will never see the same one again. 

Keep on keepin’ on—
XX, Laura 

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