Monday we have our first official day of Autumn. The calendar switches over from summer to autumn. Many people say they love autumn because it means hot beverages, but I drink hot beverages year round, so that’s not an enticement for me. I’m cool or cold 90% of the year so the turn to cooler weather that some people enjoy isn’t enjoyable for me either. While I think the trees changing colors is magical, it’s always stood as a symbol for what comes next (snow/winter) so that doesn’t excite me much either. And yet here another autumn comes and I’m staying where I am and don’t have any plans to move to someplace where the seasons aren’t so defined or extreme (like the Carolinas or New Mexico).
As I was contemplating the fact that I haven’t had any real inclination to move despite my dislike of the cold, I got to thinking about why I don’t want to move or why I haven’t moved yet or why I’m here to begin with. Ask anyone who has done some traveling and they’ll tell you that no place is perfect for one reason or another. It may be harder to come up with reasons in some places but if you really put your mind to it you can. So when it comes down to it there’s always give and take whether it’s where you want to live, who’s in your life or how you earn your income.
But all of the discussion and contemplation in my head brought me to another point as well, that as much as this is about weather and temperature, even more it’s about change and its place in our lives. How well do you anticipate changes and work through changes both anticipated and unanticipated? You may not welcome change excitedly each time it shows up, but do you have a positive attitude towards working through it? This autumn while others are working on kids homework and sports schedules or keeping up with their favorite sports team, I’m going to work on understanding, accepting, and most of all working through change. What part of change is most challenging to you?