Can’t believe it’s September already!
While the leaves haven’t begun to change colour (yet), they are beginning to fall to the ground, there is a chill in the air early in the morning and clothing stores are bringing in their “Fall Line-Up” of shirts and pants etc. in browns, greens, oranges and golds.

After looking at this photo I took at Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, I discovered it to be a gentle reminder of the Seasons of Life … not just for vegetation, but for us, and in particular the season of Fall/Autumn, for many of us are in the Fall Season of our Lives.

While there are times when we feel alive and vibrant in our body, mind and spirit, there are other times when we realize the withering of skin, the creaking of bones, the aching of muscles, the forgetfulness that comes with the aging process.

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

How to strike and maintain a balance between them?
Perhaps we let the trees be our teacher?

When the leaves change colour
… some remain their original colour
When we see our skin texture change on our face, legs, hands,
arms, shoulders
… the twinkle in our eye is still there
Just as when leaves begin to fall
… not all leaves fall at the same time.

So, too, when we find it difficult to rise from a chair or sofa
… the stiffness doesn’t always remain with us.

Just as the autumn/fall season of nature has arrived for those living in the western hemisphere, the autumn/fall chronological season has arrived for many of us wherever we live.

How can we celebrate this Autumn/Fall Season of our Life?
Perhaps, once again, we look to the trees to be our teacher.
“Stand tall and proud.
Go out on a limb.
Drink plenty of water.
Remember your roots.
Be content with your natural beauty.
Enjoy the view.” (“Advice from a Tree” author: unknown)

Text and Photo: © June Maffin … “Soulistry”

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