Fall is my favorite season. Growing up my mother used to decorate the house as much for fall as she did for Christmas!
Leaf garlands and pumpkin spice scented candles and multicolored ceramic pumpkins decorated our whole house. Her love of fall has given me an even greater appreciation for this season. However, the fall colors, smells and decorations are the not the main reason I love fall. I love the feeling that fall gives me. It makes me feel peace and hope. Fall is all about change and whispers of new beginnings.
I am not very good with change. I like things the way they are. I like things to be familiar and comfortable. It doesn’t matter if it’s as small as a new car or as big as losing a lifelong friend, change makes me extremely nervous. However, over and over throughout my life I have discovered that the times I grow most as a person is when I am undergoing some major life changes. Growth is often difficult and uncomfortable, but always worth it. Some people love to write, “Never change!” in everyone’s yearbook; but if you think about it, change is inevitable and it can be a good thing. We should change! We should want to improve, become wiser, mature and make healthier choices!
The fall colors are so beautiful, but they are a sign that the leaves are actually dying. They fall to the ground to be jumped in, raked up and shrivel up until they are covered with snow. However, the reason the leaves die and fall off is to prepare for new growth in the spring. One of my favorite fall quotes is, “The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.”
Maybe change for you means ending a relationship, finding a new job, moving to a brand new location or seeking help for an addiction or your mental health. I completely understand that these changes are scary and often painful, but I want to encourage you that they could be the beginning of something beautiful. Don’t be afraid to let the “dead” things go. It is only the beginning of a new season in your life!