Ah, the change of seasons! I am thoroughly enjoying this wonderful time of year. Cooler weather and the vivid colors of the landscape, fuel my gratitude. Maybe it is because I am from California, where the 4 seasons have little to distinguish one from another, that I so appreciate this type of beauty. All my ordinary routes to everyday places are decorated with gorgeous Fall colors. I take note and marvel. There is a flaming red tree two houses down that is always the first to announce Fall in all its grandeur in our neighborhood!
Ah, change! I’ve noticed that contrary to other living things, change,in people, causes stress. Changes in finances, health, jobs, children, marital status, or even our schedules can cause us to be stressed and show forth OUR true colors, which aren’t usually nearly as flattering as our tree friends! We each have expectations for any given day, along with a general schedule of how we think things will go. Minor changes to our expectations are usually no big deal. Yesterday I drove through a fast food restaurant and got a fish sandwich instead of the chicken one I ordered. I had to walk into the restaurant to exchange it instead of stay in my car like I had planned. Stressful? Not a bit. As they apologized, I assured them, it was no problem. Minor adjustment. I know, however, that in one moment, our lives can change. An unexpected diagnosis, the loss of a job, a car accident, or a relationship disaster may make it feel like Winter in the middle of Spring.
As you know, people pay to travel to see gorgeous Fall foliage. They do the same to see the cherry blossoms in the Spring. I understand why. The sites are incredible. The amazing thing to me is that their beauty is most magnificently displayed as they head into and out of the harshest season of the year. The trees are in their glory as the seasons change. Are we at our best as we walk through changes in the seasons of our lives? We may be complaining about the colors of our leaves or about the fact that we’re losing our leaves altogether! To me, one of the most attractive qualities in a person is how gracefully they handle change.
There was a note distributed to each house on our street this week. It was to inform us that our street was to be resurfaced and that we would not be able to park or drive on it from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. the following day. An inconvenience… perhaps. However, as I turned onto my street that windy, Fall evening, the new surface looked beautiful. I was struck by the contrast of the multitude of little yellow leaves that looked like gold falling from heaven onto the rich black pavement. It was a great reminder. Undergoing resurfacing in our lives is not an easy process but the results can be magnificent! Whether this season of your life is bringing minor adustments to your schedule or a major blow to your lifeplan, I encourage you to walk through with grace and gratitude. You will be a beauty to behold and people will LOVE being around you!
Have a gorgeous weekend!