You can definitely feel the change in the fresh, crisp morning air. You can witness the transformation of the season taking place if you looked only at the leaves in the trees or the fruits in the fields. Where once you saw beans, peppers and tomatoes, you now see pumpkins, potatoes and apples. But the leaves in the trees are the true barometer of change.
Holding fast to the tree, the leaf drinks in the nutrients of life … from the roots of the tree to the sun, wind and breezes. The leaf is strong and full of life. As the nights become longer and cooler, the leaf begins to change. Some fall to the ground, unable to hold its position on the branch. Others hold tight while their true colors begin to appear. What color will it be this time? And how long will it take for the richness of the color to reveal itself?
So here we are in the midst of change … of our own transformation. We can see what is morphing before our eyes … but like the leaf, we are not sure exactly what that will look like … what color will appear this time. We can feel the changes in the air … as though they ride on the very breath we breathe. Perhaps you are finding yourself dreaming more vividly than before, or capturing a moment of insight that might have been lost at another time, or in another place. How strange yet magical this time of the year appears.
The magic of transformation is the emergence of what is to come … what is to be … what has been prepared. October is the month of the first unfurling of what you have planted, and what you have grown. You begin to get a glimpse of the ‘new colors you will be wearing’ and the fading of the old ones. Eventually the old will fall by the way side, left to wither and merge into the backdrop of your life.
It has been a long walk, but it isn’t over yet! The emergence will continue for quite some time … into 2014. And while the colors outdoors will fade, and the leaves on the trees will fall and return themselves to where they began, you will continue to experience the magic of your life’s transformation.
This is the time for you to bear witness …
- to all your life can bring to you, if you allow it
- to all the lessons you have learned and passed on
- to all you have given to others and yourself
- to all you have taken from others and yourself
- to the little things that fill up your senses
- to the things that deaden your senses
- to the attitude you carry with you throughout the day and how it shapes and forms the outcome of all your endeavors
- to the things that are distractions and create havoc in your life
- to the things that give light, love and meaning to your life
- to the things that take away your joy and happiness
- to the things that bring you great joy and happiness
- to the life you have chosen to hold onto and live
- to the life you have chosen to release
- to what gives you life
- to what takes your breath away
By the end of the month, collect all of those things you no longer want … all those things that take away from your sense of happiness, peace, contentment and well-being, and prepare to give them to the Night and Darkness of Halloween. Let the Spirits of Halloween feast on that which you no longer want … while you open a space for the bounty that is yours.
I have talked before about attitude, and it is still not too late to bear witness to your own. Simply put … pessimism breeds pessimism; optimism breeds optimism. However, I would like to end this blog with a few of my favorite quotes. Should one resonate with you … perhaps you will keep it in your mind and in your heart, and allow it to guide you through all that will emerge for you!
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
― Winston Churchill
“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down”
― Charles Chaplin