Autumn The third season of the year When crops are gathered and Leaves show us Just how beautiful Change can be And then the trees Set an example of Letting go
Autumn A period of maturity or Incipient decline Aging has this same season And some of us are in it Daily deciding how we age Gracefully, poorly, radically The choice is ours Radically sounds good to me
The Autumn air is brisk Invigorating Motivating Heralding transformation Reminding us how quickly Time is passing It’s imperative to get serious Release old ways of thinking Let go of societal programming
Reframe the meaning Of growing older Break boundaries Tear down old beliefs Bulldoze through Pre-conceived notions That create mental obstacles Stagnating, holding us back From living our best life
We are valuable and capable We have lived through Everything life has thrown at us We are courageous We have untapped talents Waiting to be explored Let us explore them and Fully embrace the season of Autumn
Once upon a time a farmer was riding his horse up an old road. Suddenly the horse shied when they came to a sawed off stump in the road. From that moment on, every time the horse came to that same stump, he shied. Even though he had safely passed it many times, he still shied. Finally, the farmer dug the stump out, burned it, and leveled the old road. Do know what happened? That’s right, still, every time the horse passed the place where the stump had been, he shied. The stump lived on in the horse’s memory long after it had been removed and was no longer real. Yet in the horse’s mind the fear of the stump was as real as the first time it had startled him.
We are like the horse when something gets stuck in our mind. Fear, past failures, or worry can become our stump, creating a stumbling block on the road to success.
We are also like the farmer, we can be optimistic, look for solutions, remove the stump, and level the road.
The horse’s fear did not diminish the farmer’s optimism that there was a solution to the problem. Likewise, the optimistic solution of the farmer did not alleviate the fear imbedded in the mind of the horse. Two different mindsets. Fear on one side, optimism on the other. They cannot exist at the same time.
Is an old fear, failure, or worry holding you back? Has it gotten control of your thoughts? Which mindset will you choose this day? Hold onto fear or let it go, dig it up, and level your pathway?
You can change your mind. The stumbling block that you think is blocking your path to success is not really there. It is only a thought.
Take action now. Replace fear with faith. No whining or complaining just believe that you can do it and you can. Say to yourself:
“ I have made mistakes and learned a lot from them. My faith replaces fear, right now. It’s time for me to move on. I am ready to reach my full potential. I believe in the power of my creator and the mind I have been blessed with. I choose the right thoughts for me to achieve my desired results. All things work out for my highest and greatest good.”
This life is not practice If I had understood that sooner I would have: Let go of my ego Taken better care of my body Laughed at fear Written more poetry Danced to every song played Cussed less Loved more Smiled in the middle of pain And Loved even deeper
Often we hide the mess of our lives and only show the good side. Social media filters make everything look beautiful, almost too beautiful. Life isn’t always beautiful. Sometimes it’s really messy, and disappointing, and hard. But we get through it and make the most of whatever we are dealing with.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could set aside our ego and share some of the messiness? Understanding that something we share may help someone else realize they are not alone.
I celebrate your good side, the side you are happy to share and I accept your messy side, the side you keep to yourself. It’s okay, I understand, I have difficulties and disappointments too.
In the future I will find the courage to be more vulnerable and show some of the backside of my life, the messy side, the things I face and overcome to make the front side more presentable.