The leaves are changing colors during this autumn season as we each change in some individual way. Their myriad array of hues easily matches the altering stages of our personal journeys.
Though we advance at different paces, we are still in motion and moving forward. At times, we may feel as if we are stuck while going about the same rituals and routines. But if we take a closer look, it simply is not true.
We may not see our own inner chameleons, but others do. The other day, a co-worker told me that I looked less stressed. I did not quite know how to take it but no matter how I weighed the statement, it was definitely a compliment.
I pondered it for a moment and thought about what I was doing this time last year. I silently agreed with her. I not only looked less stressed, I felt less stressed. I was not carrying the same loads and burdens and I was glad that it was visible to others.
We should take a private inventory and answer some honest questions. What was I doing this time last year? What type of work was I doing? How was I feeling emotionally? Are the same people or situations causing me distress or have I taken the time to clear the cache? Am I aware of my own growth?
Nine times out of ten, there will be a few aha moments. We can inaudibly admit that we feel more energized by our growth. Our progression is apparent so we can draw our tick marks on the wall. Or, we can simply compare ourselves to the grand, rich colors of the autumn foliage!
Lynn M. October 26, 2019