What we can learn from the seasons.

As I looked out at the vibrant leaves hanging from the trees, I reflected upon the beauty of autumn.

The native New Englander within me may be biased, but there is nothing better than fall in the northeast.

The air is cool and crisp, fresh and invigorating. The moon is illuminated even brighter against the night sky. Wood stoves take off the chill and leaves rustle on the ground as the wind rushes them along.

Apples and pumpkins. Sweatshirts and sweaters. Days grow shorter and nights are longer.

All of this in preparation for the winter to come.

Winter, the most wonderful time of the year, brings with it frigid temperatures, barren trees and snow that blankets the ground.

In thinking about the trees that will soon lose their leaves, I was reminded that when this happens, we can then see things that have been concealed during the other seasons.

Homes that seem to suddenly appear out of nowhere. Random roads, byways and paths that we don’t see during the other months of the year because of the fullness of the trees. They were hidden from view.

Like the seasons, we can transform. If we pay attention, we can use the seasons as our cue to assess where we are – and where we want to be.

How? Here are some suggestions to take your own seasonal inventory and allow yourself to change what you want to and grown where you need to.

Winter

Instead of dreading the cold, bleak winter months, anticipate them. Use that time to look deep within and potentially see things that you’ve never seen before. The trees may have lost their leaves, but this allows for a clear path of vision. You can now see through those trees, past what covered them and will most likely see things that you’ve never seen before.

Appreciate the stillness that accompanies a winter storm. The weather may be ferocious and frightful, but the fires that warm your soul will serve to light the way. Savor the quiet. Cherish the tranquility. And dig deep within to discover, explore and plan for your future by making the most of the present.

Spring

The season of rebirth and new life. Spring reminds us that things die only to come back again. Those barren trees start budding again. Flowers fight to push through the desolate dirt. Birds chirp and days grow longer.

Think about what you will bring to life this spring. Look back at what you discard over the winter, preparing your soul and planting the seeds for personal growth.

Summer

Ah, summer. A time when life is carefree. Daylight stretches on well into the evening and we bounce out of bed in the morning, eager to start the day. Crickets, fireflies and shooting stars. We travel lighter and feel lighter. Our spirits are high and our responsibilities few.

This is a time to coast. It’s a time to lay low, reap the rewards of your winter and spring work, and enjoy. Just sail along.

Autumn

The season of transformation. The time of year when we can take comfort in the fact that it’s ok to let things go, to let the things that burden us fall to the ground and blow along in the wind.

This fall, reflect upon what you will let go of – and let nature remind you of the beauty in doing so.

Prepare for the winter when the barren landscape will allow you to see without obstruction. To plan for your future. To do the work necessary for learning and growth.

Author: E.M. Murphy

A freelance writer, coach, eternal seeker and Renaissance soul who aims to open minds and hearts. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a NASM Certified Behavior Change Specialist, humanity and humor is at the heart of my writing, reminding us that the key to success will always start with a genuine concern for others while making sure to be true to our authentic selves.

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