It's FALL! This is when I start singing "It's the MOST... wonderful time... of the yeeeeear"!
The leaves are changing color, the temperature is dropping, and the hot beverages are flowing! Hooray! It also means that the holidays are right around the corner and before long we'll be wrapping presents and narrowing down new year's resolutions.
As much as I adore autumn, there is something both nostalgic and urgent about it that makes me cherish every moment. It's the beginning of the end of the year, and a great time to look back on all that has changed over the last several months.
How has your life changed in 2014?
Between a new home, a book deal, and starting my final year of grad school, I can't imagine a more transitional year (oh yeah, except for the year before when we moved across the country and started grad school....right.) Turns out, each year has it's own ups and downs. Each year, as the leaves turn yellow and orange and brown, I reflect on the beauty and challenges that have led up to this season.
People will talk about "seasons of change" as if there are periods of time where things stand still...but really, does that exist? Sure, there are times of more tangible, obvious adjustments - but truly, we're all in the middle of transformation in some way or another. Underneath all our surfaces lies a developing soul that is processing and growing and affecting the souls around it at the same time. It's both creepy and wonderful, knowing that something is constantly at work "behind the scenes" in all our lives.
This fall, as you sip that pumpkin spice latte and get out that first scarf to keep you warm in the chilly autumn breeze...take a moment to recognize your own changes from the inside out.
What has affected you most this year? How have you affected others?
And as we think through the ups and downs that will propel us through these final months of 2014, remember that that the pains and pleasures of our past aren't just a process we're experiencing...they're progress we take with us into the ever-changing seasons of our lives ahead.