Fall is here.
The signs abound in Nature.
The signs abound within us
as we move into and through the Fall Season of our Lives.

There are times when we feel alive and vibrant
in body, mind and spirit.
There are times when we realize that
the withering of skin
the creaking of bones
the aching of muscles
the forgetfulness that comes with the aging process
are part of the Fall Season of life.

To ignore these signs
to solely focus on these signs
is foolish.

How to maintain balance
between acknowledgement of the stages of life
and the reality of the cycle of life?

Perhaps trees and leaves can be our teacher.
Fall-ShawniganWhen leaves change colour
the tree is still there.

When our face, legs, arms, hands begin to wither,
we are still there.

When leaves fall
not all fall at the same time

When we rise from a chair or sofa,
stiffness doesn’t always remain with us.

Winter is coming.
It is inevitable.

In the meantime, if a tree could talk
perhaps it would remind us to
acknowledge our natural beauty in each season
spread our branches
and welcome life.

photo and text © june maffin   www.soulistry.com   www.soulistry.com/blog
<photo taken Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada>
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