It seems to be on everyone’s mind: from the natural seasons to the political arena. In the words of that very famous song:
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
On our property we see the natural transition of the seasons, leaves are changing colors and starting to fall. Days are shorter and the nights are becoming longer. Our work has changed to prepare for winter, the season of cold and dark, and promise. Yes, promise. The short days and long nights make room for more introspection.
The resting that I look forward to in this season is healthy and needed. I don’t love it though. By nature I am a goal-oriented person, so more downtime is at some level frustrating for me. It does however give me time to be creative and just have space inside of me for thoughts and ideas to bubble up and start to take on form and direction.
In myself, just like in the natural world, there are things that need to die for the seeds that have been planted, to grow and ﬂourish in the next season. I used to dread the autumn and winter seasons, but now I see their purpose and I welcome their arrival.
To you and your loved ones, I hope you can take time to relax this fall and embrace the changing of seasons as we prepare for a new year, new growth, and new seasons.