The leaves are beginning to fall to the ground and slowly are beginning to change colour. It’s almost Autumn/Fall in this part of the world. It’s a beautiful time and a gentle reminder of the Seasons of Life for both vegetation … and human beings.
Like the four seasons of Nature, human beings also have four seasons and each Season of Life has its own beauty.
For those of us in the Autumn/Fall Season of our lives, there are times when we feel alive and vibrant in our body, mind and spirit. There are other times when we recognize the withering of skin, the creaking of bones, the aching of muscles, the forgetfulness that often comes with the aging process.
We don’t want to ‘ignore’ the signs that we are aging. And we don’t want to ‘focus solely’ on these signs. We want balance in our lives. So how can we achieve that balance between focusing only on the signs and ignoring the signs? Perhaps we could let trees be our teacher.
When leaves of a tree change colour, some leaves remain their original colour. When we see our skin texture change, the twinkle that has always been in our eye, still remains.
When leaves begin to fall, not all leaves fall at the same time. When we find it difficult to rise from a chair or sofa, the stiffness we feel usually doesn’t remain with us for the rest of the day.
Trees can offer wonderful advice as this unknown author noted:
“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.”
STAND TALL AND PROUD
May each of us “stand tall and proud” – keeping good posture and acknowledging the strengths we bring.
GO OUT ON A LIMB
May we remember to “go out on a limb” – speak up, speak out, for what we believe.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
May we keep hydrated with plenty of clean water, as well as hydrate our mind by being open to opportunities for personal growth.
REMEMBER YOUR ROOTS
May we remember our roots and the lessons our family tree have taught (good or bad), for there is learning in both positive and negative experiences.
BE CONTENT WITH YOUR NATURAL BEAUTY
May we find acceptance and contentment in who and Whose we are.
ENJOY THE VIEW
May we fully enjoy the view of this world … taking in its beauty, learning from its ugliness, being resolute in our determination to make a difference in some small way.
Thank you trees, for mentoring us in the aging process.
© June Maffin