I might have been chastised or told to bite my tongue for making such a statement a week or two ago but here in Alaska, it’s stating the obvious. I know that some dread the approach and final landing of winter…and others rejoice in its coming way to soon! I have always been in the former category so I can empathize… but this year something has shifted causing me to approach it altogether differently.
Today is a day of preparation. A day of restructuring. But it’s so much more than getting organized and developing better habits. It’s far deeper than that. Yes, there will be cleaning… and structure to my days and hours is a must. But today I am truly stepping forward to what the future holds. I am blessing the past and moving on. No more obsessing on what was but welcoming what will be.
It seems like there are not enough hours in the day to take in all that is available in life right now. As excited as I am to be walking forward the feeling of wasted time lingers and invites me to give it my full attention… but I’ve come too far to engage in backward thinking. So I won’t accept that invitation. Not today.
Today, I will venture forward.
Today, I love my coffee… piping hot in my mug with the etched in leaves imprinted on the side and I’m enjoying it sitting huddled over my computer with my favorite grey-knit beanie scrunched over my head until it threatens to overtake my glasses. [this is my husbands favorite look on me…haha]
Today, I love the weather…it’s wet and cloudy with bursts of light that show the blanket of snow that cap the mountains in view. The fall leaves still clinging to their branches aren’t even desperate to do so…they seem at peace with the change of season that is upon us.
Maybe I’m the one that is at peace so that’s how I’m viewing those golden hued leaves…they will carpet the ground and their gold will soak into the soil that will grow new spring grass and flowers next year.
Even now the earth is mindful of the season to come. Planning forward. Time for winter yes, but even in winter there’s an awareness of the spring to come.
I just love that.
We will walk on winter’s preparation for spring as we push through the snow and slide around on the ice…all that we’ll see is the white, the grey, the glimmer of frost and sheen of ice; but so much will be happening under our feet.
With that in mind, I’ll have a bit of reverence as I take my steps. Something amazing will be happening under winter’s covering that is deserving of our attention and honor.
The Lord God is our sun and our strength: the Lord will give grace and glory: he will not keep back any good thing from those whose ways are upright. :: Psalm 84:11
I am so grateful that something bigger than me has a plan for the future; that I don’t have to do all the work. Just take it all in. Enjoy the scenery…there will be days of grey clouds and days of brilliant blue skies. Times that the wind whips through the trees daring them to stand against the force upon them… And there will be a stillness that causes the tiniest fraction of moisture to freeze into a thousand diamonds; more beautiful and glorious than any crown made by man.
There will be cold. But this time the cold will remind me of what’s happening underneath. In its hibernation the earth will be healing, rejuvenating, even transforming in places where the time for change had come.
The cold will be beautiful because of its purpose. In the past I’ve seen the cold as a beast that I must survive. I have let it rule me but no longer. This time, the cold works for me! It is bringing forth everything that I love.
I love the Spring. I love the Summer. I love the Fall.
So nestle in and enjoy the season you’re in at this time.When we resist or find ourselves discontent, we miss the opportunity to be present. There is something for you right now.
Let go of expectations of what it needs to look like. Let go of expectations altogether. We can still be purposeful, have a plan and even go after our dreams but just allow a margin… space in-between to enjoy the experience.
I’m sure the soil that soaks up the golden leaf is not thinking of the stunning blades of grass that will shoot up in spring. No… it just draws in all the nutrients those gold leaves have to give…just taking in the moment.
Though it will enjoy its appointed time in Spring to burst forth with new life – what can it do about that now? Just soak up those gold and amber hued leaves.
So it is with you and I. There is gold in your life. Position your heart to see it, open your heart and just breathe.
peace to you! .g
I would absolutely love to hear from you about what season you’re in and how it’s affecting you or anything else you feel like bringing to the discussion! Join the conversation in the comments!