I don’t know about you, but for me this time of year always elicits a feeling of change.
The fall season for me has always meant that my kids would be starting a new grade at school, and here in the Northern Hemisphere the weather begins to cool as the sunlight also starts to fade earlier each evening.
And soon, these changes will be even more noticeable as the leaves on the trees begin to turn color from green into bright yellows, oranges, and crimson before they fall to the ground where they will become a part of the incredible cycle of life, death, and rebirth that Mother Nature experiences each year.
And so, despite the fact that changes are always occurring all around us, this time of year always demonstrates that change for us in order to remind us of the truth – that change is both constant and inevitable.
Like many people, I sometimes catch myself trying to hold on to the way things are, right now so I can give myself the illusion that I am somehow in control of everything in my life.
It is human nature to resist change out of a desire to feel safe and secure.
And we often cling to places, people, circumstances, habits, attitudes, and more in order to avoid what we can tend to fear the most – the unknown future.
It is important to remember that not only is change constant and unavoidable, when we experience an ending either through a loss, a shift in our situation, or even death, that what lies on the other side of that ending is also a new beginning.
And, that new beginning is a completely blank slate and is unwritten, so it is filled with endless possibilities.
To me, this time of year comes with a reminder to let go and surrender to change and notice that whatever is ending is also bringing with it a beautiful new beginning.
Let go and allow.
Every ending is also a new beginning.