Yesterday was a beautiful summer day; the kind of day that makes me wish that summer was everlasting. A far cry from the terrible, hot, humid, no good, record-hot days we’ve had so far. The sky was a brilliant, clear blue, the temperature was in the mid-eighties.
It was a beautiful, lazy, summer day; the kind of day that makes you wish you were laying on a hammock, under the pine trees by the stream, listening to the buzzards, and gently drifting away.
Yet, as I look towards the deck, I see leaves falling. There is already a thin layer of them covering it. The maples that line our road have started to change color. I can already see bright patches of gold and orange. The nights are getting cooler and the late summer blooms are peeking; the butterfly bush, the black-eyed-susan, and the tall phlox. The annuals are dwindling, anxious to go to seed; fait accomplis.
The girls are going back to school next week; there are school supplies streaming in. I wake up with a renewed determination to complete the list of things that have been left undone over the summer. I am planning courses and programs for fall and winter. I feel energetic and productive. There is no denying, we may be in between seasons but we are in a forward motion to something new.
Fall is coming. We are not there yet, but the signs are becoming stronger, gently prompting us to adjust our way of being and doing.
Not everyone is thrilled to be in between seasons. I have started to hear people lamenting the passage of time; wishing that summer were longer. When we cross from one season to the next, a feeling of loss is unavoidable. We can honor this feeling and prepare for what’s next.
Are you sensing a shift coming? You may as well prepare for what’s to come and make it work for you.
–Acknowledge the areas of our life that that are changing
–Ask for the support you need to make it through
–Create a safe refuge where you can go to regularly to weather out the storms ahead
Of course, it’s in our nature to also try to avoid the inconveniences of change. You may catch yourself.
–Denying the changes that are occurring
–Being tempted to jump at the first option that shows up
–Insisting on being a lone ranger and trying to do it all alone
Today it’s raining. Quite the stark difference from yesterday. The sky is grey and heavy and there is thunder rolling by. I’m sitting in my comfy chair, a hot cup of tea on the table next to me. I’m reaching out to you from my “safe and cozy place.”
Later on, and as soon as I’m finished meeting with clients, we’re heading out to enjoy the evening. Summer is not over yet and neither are the little pleasures it brings.
Are you sensing a shift? How can you best prepare for it? Go ahead, post a comment, begin the conversation. Would love to know your thoughts.
In addition to her work with individual clients, Yota speaks and writes on mindful living, overcoming self-doubt, and the art of letting go.
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