I look at this fall image and think
Of maturing, ripening possibilties
Seeds are quietly forming
New cycles of life
New changes for growth
New changes for change
Others may see a final sequence
Others may see the end
Others may see farwell
Others feel dispair, hopelessness
Remember life is rich
In cycles of possibilities
Look for the seeds of hope in
Look for the possibilities that others
Cannot yet see.
Look for future miracles.
Harvest those seeds and nuture
Autumn brings a physical change in the weather and Midwest landscape. This week a nearby condominium replaced summer flowers with these hardy Mums. They are hardy officially but still considered as annuals in the Chicago area; they aren’t “hardy” enough for Lake Michigan’s winter temps. Other flowers are in their final bloom cycle as blossoms fade in color and turn to textured seed heads bringing a new element of design and pattern to the garden. During this time of change, pods begin bursting so that puffs of feathery seeds are dispersed in hopes of ensuring future generations. Among the fading petals and growing seeds there are some late bloomers adding perennial colors to the scene.
Embrace the changes in the season. Embrace changes that are natural. At this time of year, it’s easy for me to be reflective and to realize changes in my life and myself during the past year. Somehow this “end” of season time of year brings renewed energy and purpose to me. May you marvel and feel empowered from your own changes this past year. May you find energy and passion to be able to embrace changes in your life. May change be positive and meaningful for each of us.
I write all this realizing it’s a challenging time as we strive to come to terms with other’s choices and decisions. Other’s choices can make us feel dis empowered and hopeless. We always have a choice in how we react to others and their actions. The fact that we have our own power and choice is what keeps me optimistic.
Morning walks take me along this foot path between abandoned railroad tracks and a frontage road. The air has cooled, the ground is dry. Fallen berries signal the beginning of autumn. Soon the red berries will joined by red, orange, and yellow leaves.