Life journeys are filled with a variety of “letting go” excursions.
When I believed Listening on the Journey was destined to be a book rather than a blog, I planned to devote an entire chapter to the theme of “letting go.”
The next few posts will deal with this topic.
“Letting go” requires relinquishing something. Often relinquishment involves struggle that eventually presents the opportunity to embrace something new—and, I’ve learned, oftentimes better.
I’m privileged to live in a region where we experience four distinct seasons.
My least favorite season is winter. While winter includes exquisite scenes, it also includes:
increased darkness from shortened days
icy streets and walkways
treacherous driving conditions.
I like none of these!
The only part of winter I love truly is Christmas. After the decorations are stored away, and my husband declares, “Enough is enough!” to my beloved Christmas music, I begin looking longingly out the window to see if the tips of my tulips are visible.
Each year in September, I struggle for a few days with feelings of dread related to the pending winter. Then, the lovely shades of the new season shake me out of my funk, and I embrace my favorite season, autumn.
Autumn—a perfect time to focus on “letting go.”
Autumn means “letting go” of the sunshiny, lazy, carefree days of summer.
Autumn means change. Cool colors of summer—blue skies, green grass, purple flowers–fade. Warm shades of fall—crimson bushes, brilliant orange leaves, glittering gold tamaracks—emerge.
The paradox of the color wheel contradicting the hallmark colors of seasons, reminds me that my journey of faith has also been filled with paradox when painful “letting go” leads to joyous “filling up.”
I know you’ll enjoy these amazing scenes of autumn, photographs taken by my immensely talented friend, Connie Lloyd. Thank you, Connie, for sharing your gift with us.
Afterward, I’d appreciate you sharing briefly (even one word or one sentence) in the Comment section about one of your “letting go” experiences. Thank you in advance!
Now, sit back and revel in these autumnal moments.
Remember: Leave your “Letting Go” experience in Comments.
With warm autumn wishes…..