Life is constantly shifting from one year to the next, with everything in constant flux. I recall reading a book once that likened life to a kaleidoscope; how each small piece changes bit by bit, until finally, the entire view is totally different. Think of where your life was 5 years ago, 10 years ago, or even 15 years ago. How the people and the situations have changed.
When we move toward these changes in an excited way, looking toward the future with hope, we gently fall, much like the leaves during autumn, to our next chapter with ease and grace. However, when we stubbornly grind our heels in, desperately trying to keep things the way they previously were, usually out of fear, we cause ourselves, and often others in our life, much pain and suffering.
One of the most common questions I hear from clients is, “where is MY person?” Yet, what most people never wrap their heads around until it’s too late, is that even IF we find that person, nothing is set in stone for us to keep that person. Accidents happen, people get sick and die or perhaps don’t grow together, or they often decide they want different people. These loved ones in our lives are not “lifetime guaranteed.”
I find the changing of the seasons, especially fall, as a poignant time to reflect on this topic. Watching the leaves gently swirl and fly around us should serve as constant reminder of how beautiful change can be, IF we allow it to happen in a natural way. When we have faith that there is a bigger plan, one we most often won’t see, it allows us to handle this transition with contentment and grace.
Grace…what a beautiful word. This means forgiving, empathizing and loving those around us, even when they may not deserve it, believe what we believe, or even may have done unspeakable things. To live in grace means to live in understanding compassion for the people and the situations in our lives. So change is far easier to handle when we live in grace.
As we move toward this autumnal time of year, we should take time to look around at the beauty of the season. Perhaps this is a good time to ask ourselves what we might be holding on to that needs to be released. We can use this time to take stock of our lives, the people in them, and the daily dramas we find ourselves going through. Are these people and experiences healthy for us? Are we coming from a place of hope and love, or fear and anger? Take it day by day, with our focus on grace, and we too can gently handle the changing of life’s seasons with the same beauty as the autumn leaves.