OK, call me sappy but I’m a sucker for seasonal change. I can never get enough of summer sunsets and I’m totally intoxicated by the fall foliage. Truth be told that on more than one occasion, I have stopped my car on the shoulder of the road and have been ever so bold as to make a complete 360, just to capture yet another pic of the magnificant turn of color.
It never ceases to amaze me how unique each and every tree changes from year to year. No two are ever sun-kissed in exactly the same way.
I’ve written many blogs about seasonal change as influencers for personal change. As we recall, the bloom of spring usually activates a welcomed change from the previous cold harsh winter. With each day, our lawns got greener and wiry branches became fuller and festooned with colorful flowers. As the season launched, there seemed to be a very natural eagerness to crank up our productivity.
For me, the fall change alerts me in a different way. It’s a two-fold influencer. For anyone in the northeast, the first transition is hard to ignore. The spectacular autumnal colors can take our breath away and nudges us to notice nature’s magical beauty. When we pay attention, and in that one small second that we stop and pause, I believe we all can feel an internal change. It’s a poke of sorts, a reminder that time does not stand still and that change is in the air. For most, this imagery could mean nothing more than a great Instagram post but for some, this shift can be felt more deeply. The air is fresh, the leaves are crisp, and the temps are cool. A profound setting for change, indeed. I like to think about it as a wake-up call for the soul. Time to embrace change, new opportunities, maybe even new beginnings.
Physical changes around us can have a strong impact on our mental state and spark mindfullness. In fact, it is the seasonal change that is likely the trigger that wakes us up, and perhaps evokes a personal change.
But there’s a second part to this transition. As slowly and organically as this beauty unfolds, with just a couple of forceful gusts on a blustery windy day, the brilliant colors will soon vanish leaving our landscape bare and barren. Like no other season do we feel this exit and disparity so suddenly. And just like that, it’s over.
Each season reveals its own distinguished beauty and can exude a different personal change within. Our perpective is altered because each season feels different to us, don’t you think? It’s a notable change. And we sense this physical change, it is likely to elicit an emotional response in our day-to-day lives. These changes can easily affect our moods, behaviors and productivity.
Apparently, fall is so strong an influencer for me as it has compelled me to blog after a long imposed pause. Blogging has always been a very personal cathartic practice. I don’t write just for the sake of writing, and I never force a blog. I need to be inspired. Today I felt this powerful influence. I was ready.
What are your strongest influencers that call you to action? What makes you ready for change?