Enjoying where you’re at

Bill’s November Tip: Enjoy the season you’re in.

182Having grown from tender sprig through maturity, autumn’s vibrant foliage now flies free from once nourishing branches.

Blanketing the landscape, it seems these leaves are finally at rest – and yet, their mission remains unfinished. These leaves will work with incoming winter’s snows to decompose and release vital nutrients into the soil for the next generation’s benefit. Without this natural cycle trees would not exist – nor would we.

And yet, we are reluctant participants in this process: Clinging to our yesterdays, we tend to fear rather than embrace what “autumn” will bring. In popular culture’s view, getting older becomes a slow slide into insignificance. Whole industries are built around our desire to stay in the summer of our lives.

When we refuse to “live forward” we interrupt life’s natural flow. For wisdom to take root, we must collect a vast field of experiences – and this takes time. Remaining loyal to our former selves only stunts our emotional growth.

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I
have seen in one autumnal face.” – John Donne (1572-1631)

Awaken to the realities of today and to the gifts maturity brings. Embody your accomplishments without hiding the time required to attain these milestones. See life’s process as a noble exhalation that sparks our next progression.

Autumn provides a vibrant reminder that beauty and age co-exist: and one is usually the time-won result of the other…

…Enjoy the season you’re in.

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