|photo by james via flickr|
They hold fast to the branches that lift them up, closer to the light. It’s the natural thing to do. They dance and flutter with the wind, their little green bodies utterly flexible, even when they are blown with near violence. They welcome birds and bugs and bees, and shade flowers and people and sleepy dogs. They take in ugly and breath out beauty, and they even give us shelter in the rain. Ahhh … the leaves of our beautiful, up-arching trees … they have so much to say.
This past week I journeyed into the hills of Maine and New Hampshire. It’s cooler up there so the leaves were beginning to speak of falling. They had begun to transform themselves into the goldens and browns and reds of Autumn and a few had even let go, fluttered themselves all the way down-down to the ground. You see, the leaves of my northern dwelling were sharing wisdoms. And I was there to listen.
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Timing isn’t everything. Your response to the times, though, is.
Good, better, best is judgment. In nature, no such distinctions exist.
Dance with the winds that surround you.
When the days grow shorter, find creative ways to bring more light in and around you.
Your body is not who you are.
You are not the color of your skin.
You are beautiful, you are unique, you are a miracle, no matter your form.
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What part of nature has wisdom to share with you this Fall?
Do the birds flying south remind you to examine your surroundings, to get rid of or leave behind the things that no longer ‘keep you warm’?
As the sun sets earlier and rises later are you reminded to draw greater illumination from your inner light?
Do the animals growing warmer coats remind you to bundle up, to turn your attention more within?
Do the flowers transferring their energy from their blossoms to their roots, remind you to put your own energy more into who you are at your core, or to dig deeper for your answers, for your strength?
As the air turns cooler outside and warmer inside, are you reminded to find new comfort within?
Does the change from new, fresh greens to rich, golden browns remind you to color your world a new shade, to embrace the beauty in aging and the magical mystery of life?
This week my Wish is that you discover your own bits of wisdom in this season we call Fall, that you let the transformation of nature all around you, move you, affect you, transform you as it transforms itself. After all, you are a part of nature, so to fight change isn’t natural. What’s natural is to color yourself rich with the wisdom of change.