Whenever there is a change in the season, I always find myself reflecting on the rhythms within us and all around us. Some patterns are daily, like the rising and setting of the sun, while others unfold quarterly or annually, like the changing of the seasons. We see these very seasons mirrored in our lives as we age, and even in the world of business, where it all ebbs and flows. So, what does the transition from summer to fall represent, and what valuable lessons are hidden within its brilliant tapestry of colors?
First comes a shift in the weather, a subtle yet undeniable change. The vibrant greens of summer foliage give way to the fiery reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn. It's a transformation that captures our attention, reminding us that change is an inherent part of life. If only we could embrace the aging process as beautifully. But it's what comes next that truly speaks to the heart of this seasonal shift – the letting go.
As the trees gracefully shed their leaves, we witness an act of surrender to the natural course of life. Each falling leaf, a symbol of what was once vibrant and full of life, now drifts gently to the ground. It's a poignant reminder that, in order to make space for new growth, we must release the old.
In our lives, the concept of letting go can take on a multitude of meanings. It might be the release of of things that are holding us back, the shedding of unfulfilling relationships or circumstances, or the relinquishing of unhealthy habits. The beauty of the fall season lies in its invitation for us to contemplate what we need to release in our own lives.
The secret of change is to focus all of our energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates
Let go of the things that are keeping you from being the best version of yourself. - Dr. Lexi
After the letting go, there comes a season of quiet reflection. The trees, now bare, stand in silent contemplation of the changing world around them. Similarly, we too can find clarity in moments of stillness, allowing us to better understand our own transformations.
Yet, it's worth noting that, in our fast-paced world, there exists a paradox. While nature enters a season of quiet reflection, humans often ramp up for the hustle and bustle of the final quarter and the flurry of new year campaigns. But what if we were to pause, even briefly, to align ourselves with the wisdom of the season?
During this fall season, I invite you to not rush past the opportunity to ponder what it is you might need to let go of in order transform into a better, healthier version of you.
As busy professionals, it's easy to get caught up in the momentum of our careers and the demands of daily life. However, by taking a moment to contemplate what we need to release, we create space for growth, rejuvenation, and the potential for something new to bloom in our lives.
So, as you witness the leaves gracefully fall and the world around you transition into a new season, what does letting go mean to you? What are you ready to release, and what space are you creating for the beauty of renewal in your own life? The answers, like the vibrant hues of autumn, are yours to discover.
Dr. Lexi (Edited by ChatGPT)
Image: my own from Moses Cone Manor in Blowing Rock, NC, 2023
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