Nature paints a beautiful picture. At a hurried glance or during yard clean up, we notice the fallen leaves with their assortment of colors. But, did you ever stop to think? How did those leaves turn from green to shades of orange, red, yellow and brown? It seems that this painting happens overnight when really, it is a few small changes at a time.
We are an extension of nature and all that surrounds us; yet, our tendency is to expect immediate gratification without recognizing that something important is being worked out in us. We want to get to where we would like to be without the lessons we need to learn along the way. Sometimes the lessons seem to come over and over again. What am I not learning here? It can be hard to imagine what our eyes cannot yet see or what our minds cannot yet grasp.
When we take pause and become truly open to what life has to teach us, the gift of understanding reaches that deepest part of us. We begin to make the connection and see the thread that has been there the whole time. We recognize that those seemingly backward steps were an important part of moving forward. And, that those challenges were necessary for us to become deeply rooted.
Allow nature to be your gentle teacher. Every cycle in your life is an important one. Continue to trust and really let go.
Love to everyone,
Kathleen O'Malley, DC