Lessons from the Autumn Leaves

Fall is in full swing here in the Pacific Northwest. While I love all four seasons, I have to say that fall is by far my favorite.

I love the clear, crisp days and cold nights fall brings that transform the leaves on the trees from their summertime shades of green to vibrant shades of orange, red, and yellow before they are shed for good. I love seeing the white spots fade on the fawns we had the joy and privilege to watch grow over the spring and summer from adorable wobbly-legged newborns to nearly self-sufficient deer. And I love watching nature prepare for winter, gathering and storing food and fattening up so it has reserves to live on during the cold months ahead. Nature amazes me with its intelligence!

There is a rhythm in nature, and when you observe it every day like we do, you feel this rhythm, especially so when the seasons change. In the mountains where we live, this change can happen in a very short period of time—sometimes in as little as a few seconds. I experienced this years ago on a walk through the forest one September morning with my husband Michael and our dogs, when a gentle breeze went from warm to cold as it passed by me. I literally felt the exact moment that summer ended and fall arrived. I remember saying to Michael, “Summer’s gone.” He agreed because he felt the change of seasons in the breeze, too.

I’m in awe of how nature so gracefully moves from one season to the next with such ease and acceptance, gently letting go of the old and embracing the new, never trying to hold on to “what was” because it fears “what will be.” Unfortunately, so many of us humans tend to hold on to the past, unwilling to let go of people, places, and things, even when they are holding us back or preventing us from evolving.

But trees know that it is necessary to shed their old leaves to survive the winter, because if they didn’t the weight of the snow that would accumulate on them would surely break their branches. The trees also know that they have to let go of their leaves in order to prepare for new growth in the spring.

So this fall, as we watch the trees shed their leaves, let it remind us of how important and necessary it is to let go of that which has had its “season” in our lives. And let’s be inspired by nature, who so intelligently knows that you have to let go of the old in order to begin something new.

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Autumn Leaves w TSF

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