The layers of leaves lying on the ground under the trees make me want to walk through them, listening to the crunch. The leaves and the colors – they say fall. We are having an incredibly beautiful fall season this year, and I am loving it. Do you supposed Mother Nature is taking pity on me, so we’ll have fall through November? Hope is eternal.
In previous years, the little gooseberry leaves have browned and fallen without a display of color. This year they are smiling, showing us how pretty they are. It just takes time to grow out of that gangly stage so that beauty can begin to bloom, just like humans. We go through stages before our true beauty begins to show, but the beauty does not go away. It just changes, matures, sheds its dewy youthfulness and develops character.
In every season, in every stage of life, there are surprises. Things erupt, bloom, fade; challenges rise up. Some of the surprises, some of the challenges are good and add color and joy to our lives. Some surprises, some challenges add stress and sadness. Through all of these surprises and challenges we strive to do the best we can. Sometimes we meet the challenge head on with huge success. Sometimes we are tested, pushed to our limits. Sometimes we want to hide, run away, cry “uncle!”. It is life, isn’t it?
The color this year is stunning, drawing my breath away. The color this year is welcome – as it is every year, but moreso at this time of life, with the challenges we are currently working through. It pulls me outside, it reminds me that there is much in our life to be grateful for, to enjoy, to aid in our renewal. Like the seasons, life is not a constant, it does not stay forever the same.
In this season when life fades, enters its dormant stage, prepares for the cold hard winter that will follow, I must remember that after the winter will come spring. Spring – the season of new life, new beginnings, growth, with the hope of harmony.