What a beautiful and rapidly changing time of the year it is. As autumn moves on, I now find myself spending precious time outside, in the knowledge that soon the cooler weather will be here. I sense a subtle move to introspection as summer ends. Beginning to look inwards feels natural as autumn moves on. Of course there are the many activities of preparing for winter. Gathering and stacking firewood, pruning in the garden, getting all the outside jobs done on the 'to do before winter' list.
In my garden there is a massive beech tree. All through the year this tree knows and changes with the seasons. Today it still has many green leaves, but some have turned orange, red or yellow, and some have already fallen and turn brown on the ground.
Reflecting on the changing tree, I now look at my life through the same lens. Summer seems to have flashed past so fast, making it feel like I may not have enough time to achieve all of the 2014 goals that I boldly set for myself. Then I remember that one of those goals is to 'maintain balance' in my life. Balance between doing and being, looking out and looking in. Balance between solitude and socialising, silence and noise. Balance between giving and taking, rest and activity, work and play.
There is a certain balance in the seasons. There is also constant change.
So I ponder and conclude that when all the leaves have all fallen, and the tree sleeps, I know that there is new growth to come as the seasons turn. I am learning to trust the seasons of change like the old beech tree.
Remember that daylight saving ends this weekend. The seasonal changes will appear to jump forward, as we all put our clocks back an hour before daylight this Sunday the 6th April. The day will seem shorter as darkness will come an hour earlier.
All that said, I believe that if I focus on the balance within the constant change, balance is what I will experience.