Fall pointedly shows us how to let go. As one season ends and another begins, Nature shifts and restructures and hunkers down for the inevitable change. Brilliantly colored leaves gloriously decorate spindly tree limbs, and slowly, with the kiss of a breeze, reluctantly release and float effortlessly to the ground. Stubborn leaves cling for dear life, and Mother Nature, instead of whispering on the wind, determinedly becomes the ultimate blowhard and forces the issue. LET. GO.
Why do we hold onto things that no longer serve us?
Because change is hard. There is safety in the known, even if it impedes our growth. We stay in the uncomfortable because we are afraid to feel anything that makes us feel...well...uncomfortable. Know what happens then?
We get what we tolerate.
I had this conversation with my friend, Dr. Melody Moore, a couple of months ago in a cozy southwest-decorated room in Taos, New Mexico. I pointedly asked the good doctor: 'When things turn to shit, how do we know it is time to move on?' Without skipping a beat, she said:
'As soon as you realize it’s shit.'
So brilliant in its simplicity that it bears repeating: 'as soon as you realize it's shit.'
I'm not telling you it will be easy. It won't be. Doing our work is really hard. I will tell you that it will be worth it.
So where to begin?
Simplify. Get organized. Do the small tasks, the minute tasks, easily accomplished, and build upon that.
Sift through your soul and see what is resonating in your life. Note what isn't.
Make lists. It's a visual reminder of what needs to be done.
Talk to your inner circle. Get a second and third opinion and be open to new ideas and options.
Make a move. Never let uncertainty, uncomfortable-ness and 'the shit' deter you from being who you are meant to be.
Think of it as the Universe nudging your soul, and your soul pointing you in another direction.
So Embrace the new season.
Let go of anything that no longer serves you.
And watch and listen to Mother Nature, she has it right.