“I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” – Anne of Green Gables
I love October. The way the trees change colors and shed their leaves to prepare themselves for a cold winter has always been so poetic to me. I feel like us as people have our own October’s as well. We have our own cleansing periods, and our own strengthening seasons.
It is easy to view the trees loss of leaves as a certain type of death, but today I choose to look at it differently. I choose to see this process as a time for a re-birth. The trees do not die, quite the opposite. They are growing through the winter whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, and they blossom again in the spring, another year stronger, another year wiser. They let go of what is no longer serving them to make room and invite in something new, something better. I think we can learn lessons from this beautiful cycle.
The most beautiful lesson I have learned in life is the importance of letting go.
Let it go. Let it all go. The pain, the clutter, the chaos. Let. It. Go. Give yourself room to heal and to grow.
The practice of detaching is important, but I also honor how difficult it is. We are frightened of tomorrow because it means we will no longer have today.
I used to hold on to things so tight that I would injure myself trying to hang on. This was true even with suffering. I preferred suffering that was familiar over any new experience. I had grown to be comfortable in my own pain. This was a vicious cycle that left me disheartened more than it served me in ANY WAY. I went on this way for years until I felt the hot heat of a summer depression unlike anything I had ever known. The truth: the pain had to be great enough for me to seek solace in my own October. During my darkest days, I shed all my leaves and held on with DEAR LIFE to the quiet voice in my head that told me I would eventually bloom once again. I did, and I have.
The only constant in this world is change, and we will not be happy until we accept this as truth. In this life, things will come that we don’t think should come, just as things will go that we don’t think should go. THIS IS THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE. It is not unique to us as individuals.
Today I challenge you to willingly prepare yourself for the winter ahead like the trees have done since the dawn of creation. Embrace the changing season and realize that this winter you can shape yourself and your life into anything that you want it to be, just to emerge better, stronger, and most importantly, HAPPIER in the spring.