Here in the Northern Hemisphere the nights are getting cooler. The skies are a brilliant blue, colors are more vibrant, and shadows are sharp. It’s as if Mother Nature were producing one last, stupendous hurrah before the darker, colder months descend upon us.
As I look out my window, I appreciate this time of change, these golden autumnal days, and I give thanks for the fruits of the summer. As the final agricultural harvests occur, I’m also reminded that this is truly a time when we reap what we have sown, both as fact and as metaphor. Fall is a perfect time to review the previous months of this year, to note our harvests—the experiences and accomplishments we’ve had.
Reflecting on your year, which of these have flowered and brought something into your life? Which have been more like weeds, crowding out your dreams? As the final agricultural harvests occur, I’m also reminded that this is truly a time when we reap what we have sown, both as fact and as metaphor. Fall is a perfect time to review the previous months of this year, to note our harvests—the experiences and accomplishments we’ve had.
This exercise is not about noticing which list is longer, the flowers or the weeds. It’s a time for reflection so you can express gratitude for what you’ve done and who you’ve become. And equally important, it’s a time to recall how you have dealt with any challenges that may have occurred. Both offer you opportunities for personal growth.
Autumn is also a time of celebrating the harvest bounty with others in our lives. How might you share lessons you’ve learned? Which of your special gifts could help someone else? How might you celebrate the abundance in your life?
Fall signifies a time of change, from light to dark, hot to cold, and outside activities to moving back indoors where there is light and warmth. How can you use this transition time to hunker down, become more introspective and name what you truly need and would like to change in your life? The beauty of this exercise is that it will create the seeds of your harvest, ready to plant in your next growing season. Because you’re continuing to grow, right?
Enjoy the glorious fall days, the changing colors, and the bounties of the season.
Now It’s Your Turn
What have been the bounties of your life since the beginning of the year? How will you celebrate these? How can you store them to help nourish you through the bleaker times? Some ideas: journal, make a collage, gather photos, etc. What seeds will you keep to plant later?