Monday, October 18th, 2010 – To Every Season…

I was looking out my upstairs window this morning and I noticed the leaves on the trees were beginning to turn.  They probably started a few weeks ago but I guess this was the only time I stopped long enough to notice. 

The colors were so vivid…and varied.  Some were still a full green.  Some others were bright orange, the color of clay.  And some had turned brown and dried but had not fallen to the ground.  It made me think about how wonderful nature is that the trees instinctively know when the weather is changing…and how to adjust.

Like the trees, we have to be willing to adjust to changes both internally and externally.  And we have the ability to do so instinctively.  But sometimes, we mentally pretend that everything is still sunny when the spirit is consumed with darkness.  We don’t take advantage of our spiritual season and use the time wisely. 

Those periods of darkness are there for a reason.  They are times for reflection, meditation and rest.  They are part of the “struggle”, “wilderness” or “winter season” cycle of life.  If we endure them courageously and hopefully, we complete this phase of the cycle with a renewed strength and spirit. 

Take advantage of the “autumn” season.  Enjoy the warm weather before it turns cold.  Take advantage of the sun because it’s starting to get dark earlier each day.  Complete any last minute outdoor projects.  And more importantly, put more focus on yourself – your spirit, your health, and your relationships. 

Quotes:

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy – William Blake

Every season has it’s peaks and valleys.  What you have to try to do is eliminate the Grand Canyon – Anky Van Slyke

Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to Spring. For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.
~ Edwin Way Teale

Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to Spring. For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.
~ Edwin Way Teale

To Every Thing There is a Season – Ecclesiastes 3. 1-8

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

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