Life lessons the season of Autumn / Fall can bring to all… and how to stay positive through seasonal changes.
Like most things in life, how we experience the change of season and weather, is down to our personal perspective. This post is all about purposely choosing a positive perspective as we transition into a new season…
Believe me, as someone with chronic illness that is worsened in the colder weather I know oh too well the amount of dread the colder weather months can be met with and the effect of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) depression that seasonally comes in the dark Autumn and Winter months.
However, learning to see the beautiful life lessons of the season helped me to embrace the change instead of dreading it – as it can’t be changed through dread or worry so might as well be enjoyed for its positives even though it brings along negatives. ‘Balance’ and ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ come to mind.
“What possible lessons could the Autumn / Fall give me?” I hear you ask.
Let me explain…
The Autumn/Fall trees are about to show us how beautiful changes can be:
The season change is inevitable and can’t be skipped, so instead of dreading the change and worrying about it, lets embrace the change and remind ourselves that change can actually bring new beauty for us to see.
The trees are affected by cold weather too, it makes their leaves lose their green colour and then fall off altogether. Yes the trees can’t change the changes that are to come, so instead they carry off the differences as a beautiful coat change for all to admire.
Putting away the old, to make way for the new:
many people have a ‘winter wardrobe’ and a ‘summer wardrobe’ and as the seasons change so does their wardrobe options. As Autumn/Fall draws in, our summer wardrobes are put away for another year, but it also gives you the chance of sorting out some of those clothes that you want to give way to charity or loved ones.
Then as we get our wardrobes for colder weather out we are reminded of items we may have forgotten about and we can look forward to wearing in the colder weather.
Don’t get me wrong I’m a sunshine lover so I’d choose summer sandal weather over cold weather any day! However, I am looking forward to wearing my new winter boots, even though I got them second-hand, they are new to my winter wardrobe and give me items I’m happy to start using.
It can be something as small as getting to wear your soft leather clothes again or a warm scarf you got as a Christmas pressent last year and had forgotten about. These small things with the right sprinkle of gratitude can help bring a smile while we transit through the season change we don’t normally enjoy.
What appears dead & cold, can once again come to life after a season of rejuvenation:
The reminder that even though things appear to have died from the cold Autumn/Fall weather, such as frost and other bad conditions – once conditions are improved, they can once again bloom with life in what we thought were lifeless places. Where there was brown there is the possibility of green life once again. Out of soil that looks barren can spring new life again after a harsh season of weather, once conditions have improved.
So remember Spring and Summer are still yet to come when we can bloom and thrive once again. See Autumn/Fall and Winter as your season of rejuvenation, your time to cocoon before you fly, your time to snuggle up in the warmth counting your blessings and seeing the beauty that Autumn/Fall still have to bring.
Remember in the Autumn/Fall that life can still be breathed into our cold bones!
It reminds me of the Bible Passage Ezekiel 37 ‘The Valley of Dry Bones’ (Click to open in new window to read passage) where God shows his power by breathing life into lifeless dry bones, so they would live again. Like the House of Israel in this passage we may say “Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.” because the cold can affect our bones and winter hibernation can make us feel cut off to the world.
However, do not forget the lesson of the season and that God can breathe life into us “I will put my Spirit in you and you will live” and we can have a blessed season ahead counting our blessings not just focusing on the cold and dark, but purposely bringing in light and hope and gratitude!
For those who aren’t spiritual to identify with this need for Gods spiritual breath to resuscitate us at times, maybe your breath of fresh air will be brought into the cold season through loved ones, warm log fires, music to lift your spirits and all the small things that make you smile! I encourage you to read my post “Remember the small things in life!” (click to open blog post in new window/tab.)
A lesson in perseverance through the colder seasons in life, to then bloom in life once again with better times ahead.
Just like the cold can torment greenery, plant life, etc… We can also be tormented by the cold, the depression of winter, the weighing of dark nights, the lack of sunlight etc. Yet, we need to purposely remind ourselves that after torment, can come a life of contentment once again.
How to purposely choose a positive perspective, as we transition into a new season!
So as we enter into the Autumn/Fall season have a smile on your face waiting for the beauty of the trees as they change their coats, the newness of our winter wardrobes, the perseverance as we cocoon for the season knowing we will bloom once again in the change of season to come after Winter…
No matter how cold, dark or bad some days seem – there is always something to be grateful for. Even if it’s just having a roof over your head. Remembering what we are thankful for can help weigh out the negatives of Autumn/Fall with a grateful perspective looking out for those small silver linings to the dark Winter clouds!
Why not comment and let us know your favourite thing for the Autumn/Fall season, to help everyone to adjust and look out for the seasons beauty…
HAVE AN ENJOYABLE AUTUMN/FALL EVERYONE! FROM Helen’s Journey xx
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