Grace in the Fall
On the other side of both a summer solar eclipse and the autumn equinox, we reap the harvest of actions taken or ignored. The colorful embrace of the falling leaves is one of the many ways the natural world reminds us of change. This year in general and the past few months in particular have served as a period of massive transition for everyone I know, myself included, without exception. As we enter November, I have found perspective in a quote from Hal Borland:
"October is a fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen."
There is an effortlessness to the turn of the Fall and it becomes apparent that to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose. It is a time to let go of that which no longer serves, to allow the leaves to fall where they may, and to embrace that wider horizon. Autumn reminds us that even in the middle of transition, in the depths of struggle, and in the agony of the unknown, there is Beauty in Change and there can be Grace in the Fall.