Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Leaning into acceptance

No, no, no! I'm sitting at my desk looking out at falling snow. I am so not ready for this. Thankfully, because the weekend was relatively mild, the snow isn't sticking to either the grass or the driveway and sidewalks. Still, it's snowing.

I really do love fall—the incredibly stunning colors of it and the warm, sunny days with no mosquitoes swarming around. Ah, but too soon it's gone. And I always want to hang onto it just a little longer. This one was particularly beautiful. And I got to enjoy it a bit longer because my sister and I took a road trip to Tennessee almost two weeks ago—where the fall colors were at their prime.

Life is that way, too, isn't it? You just want to hang onto some experiences. And you want to avoid others.

It's normal.

I'm trying to quit grumbling about such changes and be more present and accepting of what is. There is nothing I can do to change what is and what's coming (at least in most cases), and I know I'll experience far more peace of mind by just rolling with it all and leaning into acceptance. Be flexible, Sonia. And be positive and thankful.

Hmmm, perhaps I'll even try to reframe this. I have gorgeous evergreen trees right outside my office window, and some trees with bright red berries, too. I have to admit the huge white snowflakes against that green and red backdrop do look pretty. Not as beautiful as the fall colors I've just enjoyed. But still ... there is a beauty here I can appreciate.

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