The fall season is a special time of the year. No other season teaches us so many profound lessons about life.
There are not so many of us who see the beauty in rainy days and gloomy skies. Most people link the coming of the fall season with negative things like low moods, runny nose and bad weather. But let’s take a few moments to think about and appreciate the wise life lessons Mother Nature teaches us this time of the year.
1. Embrace the change
First of all, the fall shows us that everything in life is fluid and changing and in order to move forward, we need to embrace the change. As the days get colder, the nights longer and the leaves on trees fewer, nature welcomes this new phase of its own existence.
When we see that despairing look of naked trees and dull skies, it may feel like everything is dying and this change is not for the better. Yet, without the fall, there would be no spring nor summer, and nature embraces this temporary death to reborn again in spring.
This is what we should do too. Not every change is positive, and a rare one goes smoothly. A period of transition almost always involves pain and crisis. But only when we learn to accept a new phase in our life, we realize that every change is for the better.
If it is a negative one, then it aims to shake our values and views, which will later be proven vital for our self-growth.
2. Learn to let go
Similarly, the fall season demonstrates that it is crucial to let go the things that belong to the past. Trees lose their leaves, and it is both sad and beautiful, painful and necessary, morbid and inevitable. Every fall, nature goes through this melancholic transition and says goodbye to the cheerful summer version of itself. Yet, it lets it go without regrets and welcomes the change.
3. Be part of something bigger
The transitional season is when we are most affected by the processes that take place in the natural environment around us. This time of the year has an influence on our physical and mental wellbeing. If you are dealing with mental illness or a chronic condition, you will know that the fall and spring are absolutely the worst.
But even if you are a healthy individual, you are inevitably affected by the transition points in the cycle of seasons. In spring, we feel a bit more alive, enthusiastic and optimistic, inspired by nature’s new beginning. In the fall, we experience a drop in moods and energy. We feel lazy and so tired for no reason.
What’s my point here? In the fall season, we feel a deeper connection with nature and become more aware of our participation in the eternal circle of existence. We realize, even if only unconsciously, that we are part of something bigger and should live in harmony with our natural environment. No matter how many trees we cut or how much land we turn into asphalt and concrete, Mother Nature will always be our only real home.
4. Sum up the results
Back in old days when our ancestors lived in true harmony with nature, they celebrated significant points in the cycle of the year. Some of the biggest celebrations were devoted to the harvest. You may be surprised to learn that many of today’s holidays in the Western world have pagan roots. Some examples are Halloween and Thanksgiving Day, which are directly associated with pagan harvest celebrations.
The fall season is the time when we gather the harvest of our work during the year. And it doesn’t matter if we are talking about the veggies we grew in our garden, our career achievements or the results of our efforts to become a better person.
It is essential to sum up the results of our work and evaluate our accomplishments in all spheres of life from time to time to see how well we are doing. And this period of the year inspires us to do just that.
5. Enjoy the little things in life
Finally, the fall season gives us a chance to appreciate the little things in life. A cup of hot aromatic tea, a warm blanket, a good book – these simple things can make us truly happy after being outdoors in the autumn cold. With the chilly weather and depressing images the fall brings to us, you realize the great power the little joys of life have.
Whether you like the fall season or not, you can’t deny that the lessons it teaches us about life are insightful and important. Hopefully, this article has inspired you to appreciate this time of the year a little more.
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