Saturday, September 28, 2019

New Season, Changes, Celebrating Harvest

The start of this week was the start of a new season.  Fall has arrived and I am loving it!  The other day in my BSF group we were asked what our favorite season is.  I am a true Upper Midwest kind of girl and need the four seasons.  Yeah, sure Winter lasts like six months and the rest sometimes get crammed into the other six.  But I enjoy having four distinctive seasons, different activities that come with each season, and seeing each season through my kids' eyes as they grow.

Which season is my favorite?  Fall tops it.  With the vibrant leaf colors, sun shining warm with cool breezes, windows open, the crunch of leaves as you walk through them, watching leaves twirl as they fall to the ground, pumpkins and apples, hot beverages in a warm mug with my hands wrapped around  it.  I just love Fall.

But I also love Spring. Spring is about things greening out, flowers starting, warm breezes with windows open, feeling the warm sun after a long Winter.  It is about new growth and planting.  Fall is about reaping what you have sewn, abundance, change and letting go, preparing.

Fall is the time of year where abundance, blessings, thankfulness are all around us.  As Summer turns into Fall reaping the harvest that has sewn and worked on so hard.  It is a time for celebrating that bounty.

But what if you don't have a bounty, or it isn't much of anything, or if it doesn't look like what you thought, or you had so many storms and so much destruction that you can't see the abundance?

It doesn't have to be a large thing sewn or a huge bounty, or even grand to be abundant.  We can find even a small amount of joy in any of it .  We may have to finish riding out the storms, sift through the destruction, or wait a little longer, but in time it will come.  There is still growth in the waiting.  Even though small seeds were sewn, a small yield was gathered, it can make a huge impact down the road, over time.

Maybe you planted all at once or every so often.  Maybe you are a seed sender, spreading these seeds little by little, day by day.  Maybe both, depending on the year, the seasons, or circumstances.

What seeds are you planting?
What have you planted and are waiting on?
What has bloomed?
What hasn't worked?

Through it all, we can still find joy, a small piece of joy to carry us through to the next.

I want you to take a moment and think on something.

What has brought you joy today? This week?  This month?  What are you looking forward to in this next season? Next month?

You can plant your own seeds any time of year.  You can celebrate the bounty of them at any point.  And once they are done growing, you can plant more.

This Fall is about change for me.  Changes that start with me and will hopefully spread.  Where this will all lead?  I don't know yet.  But I am willing to take the chance to plant some new seeds, nurture them, and see what will happen.  I am choosing to see the joy, the abundance through the storms, through the changes, through the growth.

It is like I tell my kids often, we are never done learning and we are never done growing.  Change is going to happen, we are going to make mistakes, we are going to fail but through it all we can still grow and we can still reap from what we have sewn.

So, what is your favorite season? Why?

What are you finding joy in in this very moment?

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