As the seasons change, it gives us the opportunity to examine our personal and professional life, and adjust like humans and nature adapts to the changing seasons. If you are in the northern hemisphere and are changing to autumn, or in the southern hemisphere and are changing to spring, it does not make a difference. We can all take this seasonal change as our catalyst to revitalize and reenergize and transform ourselves like the earth around us.
Where I live, in the northern hemisphere, the trees are dropping their leaves and the squirrels and birds are eating and storing nuts. The air is changing from flowering scents to a crisp clean scent, with a touch of coolness.
Like the trees that are preparing to transform by dropping their leaves, we might need to let go of old values and habits and re-establish positive attitudes to regenerate into a strong, healthy and re-energized person.
Just like the bark on trees (our protective skin), our bark, souls and spirits absorb nicks and bruises throughout the year from internal and external sources. External sources can come from people around us who might say inappropriate and hurtful criticisms towards us. These sources could also come from people who do not fully understand us, or from communication barriers beyond our ability to resolve. Social and economic challenges can take their toll on our protective skin as well. If we have a disability, or are perceived to be different, we might face additional external nicks throughout the year. People with disabilities face challenges and barriers such as accessible technology, physical buildings and other infrastructures, which takes extra energy and tenacity to overcome these barriers.
Internal sources can come from our internal feelings about ourselves. They could be our fears, self doubt or the feeling we are not adequate, valued, or supported.
Let’s harmonize with the earth’s seasons and take this opportunity to revitalize and rejuvenate our bark (protective skin) with the season. This fresh outlook on life can enable us to face our challenges with strength, confidence, and courage to help us overcome our most complex problems. This outlook can also give us a fresh sense of creativity, simplicity, grace, gratitude, forgiveness and understanding for those who do not understand us.
Does anyone have any tips to help us transform ourselves during this new season? Any success stories?
I will take this changing season as an opportunity to revitalize my passion in life. This will enable my "bark" to heal and strengthen, which will help me endure the challenges that are inevitable in most of our lives. I hope others will accept this same opportunity.
We all look forward to hearing from you.
Global Dialogue Center