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
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.
Reach Regardless of where you are Reach No matter who you are with Reach To have a better life Reach To help someone else Reach To improve your health Reach To expand your mind Reach To get closer to God Reach Always Reach
E.A. Fussell 07.01.2022
(Poem inspired by this photo posted by Kathie Taylor Fleming on FB)