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Where did the summer go and what am I going to do with the fall?

Posted Sep 03 2010 12:00am

I don't know about you, but for me September has arrived like a dinner guest asked to come at 8:00 p.m., and was so happy and eager to spend time with me that she showed up at 6:00 p.m. Amidst my fluster at her early arrival, I could hardly be upset, after all she showed up early because she loves me. 

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Fall is a time of new beginnings, when the wind sweeps away the old and ushers in the new. A time when people often recommit to goals and change. Fall has sneaked up on me so completely that I am caught unaware and feel completely off balance.  I am longing for the continuation of summer, yet deep down feel the niggling of excitement for the promise of change.

Transition times can throw us off balance.  Whether it's a new job, new baby, new marriage, a death, a loss, an illness, winning the lottery or a run-of-the-mill change of seasons. Transitions signal a shift to a new way of being.

Rituals can help with life shifts.  That is why graduation parties, wedding receptions, funerals, labor day picnics are so satisfying.  They mark a shift, a turning point in one's life. 

So, I am going to set some time aside to sit still and reflect on my summer.  Then I am going to go for a walk in the woods and on the beach letting summer memories waft over and through me to make room for the changes I want to play with this fall.

How are you going to mark your transition to fall, when the leaves turn beautiful colors, the days get shorter and the nights get blacker? It's as if mother nature is saying, "I am turning off the color for a while, I'll turn it back on the spring, meanwhile, use the darkness to your advantage".

Put on your comfy clothes, pull out your journal, snuggle into fall and become reacquainted with yourself. Throw out some old gunky parts of yourself and make way for a newer more vibrant you.  I'll go get a cup of tea and join you.

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