October 15, 2014
EVERYDAY MOMENTS: SIGNS OF FALL.
Fall is the perfect time for hiking. The air cools down, the breezes pick up, and the ground is still dry so I don't have to listen to my feet squishing in mud with every step. A few weeks ago, my family and I went on a hike in an area that was affected by a wildfire in the summer.
Walking through that area was weird, to say the least. The air still smelled like burned grass. The ground was dark, the trees were burned, and the area was just so bare.
But there was also a newness in the area. There were ladybugs on dried grasses, leaves changing color across the fire lines that the firefighters created to so prevent the spread of fire, and there were even a few trees that half burned and half green with life.
Seeing the distinct burned and un-touched areas was eye-opening and a definite reminder that changes are bound to occur. But we can accept these changes and take them with stride, or we can let them bring us down.
And the more I write on change and new seasons, the more I realize how much I need to hear these words myself. The changes that are happening in my life and at work are going to happen, whether I want them to or not. But I can choose to dig my feet deep into the soil and pout, or I can make the most of them and choose to thrive, even if it is the harder route.
And while I know it's hard, I need to see change as a time for new things. New experiences, new relationships, and new growth.