My better half just made a sign for the climate change prayer chain that says “Fossil fuels are Exhausting”. These days, I might add that everything seems exhausting. Between sending off our daughter’s college applications and building the senior Homecoming float at our house, my mind and body are in a constant state of high alert. Fall is a busy time for all of us, so let’s slow down and appreciate its many gifts. In this light, I offer some reflective metaphors of the season:
As the leaves fall, let them remind us to just let it go. If a project comes to fruition, it’s time to release it. No more dinking around! Enjoy the dark fruit (another fall delight) of your success. If you’re harboring a grievance, shake it off like a windy tree branch.
It’s the time of the Autumnal Equinox; day and night are equal in length right now. What better a reminder this serves to have balance in our life – between work and rest, between work and play. Remember to eat balanced meals, while having a private stash of Halloween candy, of course.
It’s the season of long Shadows. Take a deep dive into your own shadow and face your dark side, while also appreciating your gifts. It’s time to enjoy some quiet activities like reading and writing. Allow yourself to sleep an extra hour as the clock turns back.
Nothing Gold Can Stay – Robert Frost
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.