We are in the season of Autumn, or Fall as we sometimes call
it as the leaves are falling, the temperatures are falling, and the snow is
starting to fall too!
Autumn is an
interesting time of year as it is a time of harvesting, gathering, and
collecting before winter really sets in, but at the same time, it is a season
of letting go.
We tend to join
groups, and book ourselves into more activities, in Autumn, but maybe we should
be slowing down instead.
Maybe we should let
go of some of our activities so we can relax more? Maybe we should let go of some of our group
obligations so we can be home with our families more?
And, maybe we
should let go of our (unrealistic?) expectations of what we can still
accomplish in the remaining days of 2019, as we speed towards the Christmas
season, so that we don’t end the year in a frazzled, regretful, burned-out
Or, maybe what we
really need to let go of this time of year, is our fears. Fears that we are missing out if we don’t
check every social media post, or sign up for every class being offered. Fears that we are running out of time when we
would find we have lots of time if we just change how we are using it, and what
we are spending our time doing. Fears
that others are judging us, when the truth is that they probably aren’t even
thinking about us at all as they are too worried about their own lives and
Those fears either
drive us to keep pushing and going, long past when it is mentally/emotionally/socially/physically
healthy for us to do so, or they stop us in our tracks, paralysing us from
moving forward at all.
If a leaf falling
from a tree could think, as we humans do, it would probably freak out when it
disconnected from the tree and started its free-fall to earth, and yet, a leaf
never crashes down, it meanders, and it always lands safely, supported by the
We, too, will find
that we are firmly supported, maybe not in the exact manner we expect, when we
make the choice to let go.
mentioned that I had a bumper crop of peas this year. Plus I discovered I had lots of HUGE carrots -
never before have carrots grown that large in our garden space!
Some things were
really delayed. My raspberries just
started a little over three weeks ago, and while there weren’t a lot, I still
managed to pick enough to enjoy by the handful.
But, not all was
successful this year. My Sweet Peas didn’t
even break through the ground. But even
more disappointing, my melons - two watermelon and a cantaloupe - really struggled
plant completely died, and the other bloomed two days before the weather turned
colder. But, the cantaloupe surprised me. It bloomed around the Labour Day long
weekend, and produced - in the space of one very hot and sunny week - a golf
ball sized melon. The next - also rather
hot and sunny - week it grew to tennis ball-size! When I picked it September 25, I really didn’t
expect much, yet it was ripe and, though basically only 4 bites, was