We’re well into Autumn now and you can see each day changing as the season progresses.
I was out on my bike over the weekend and it was lovely to see the different colours in the leaves and ride amongst those that have already fallen. Seeing all this reminded me that change is a normal and necessary part of life.
Life is not static. Nor would we want it to be.
Change challenges us to look at things differently; to dig deep at times to adjust and work out how we’re going to do this; to appreciate what we have had; and to give us something to look forward to.
Some people don’t handle change well. It’s not comfortable for them so they choose to stay where they are and doing what they always have done.
For others, change brings fresh ideas and opportunities: it can be exciting.
I believe that the Seasons are like life: chapters in a bigger story. Each is whole and complete in itself yet still connected to the chapters that have gone before and influencing those to come.
My decision to write my blog on happiness (I had another topic in mind) came about over the course of the last weekend. My son had come to visit and no sooner had he arrived then it was time for him to leave. I only get to see him a few times a year so each visit is very special. I felt low emotionally on the day he left and this influenced how I was thinking about other areas of my life.
A call from a dear friend who sensed I would probably be feeling sad that day, helped me to put things in perspective. She reminded me of the bigger picture and that whilst that I was feeling low in this moment, I had much to celebrate in my life with much more coming my way.
From one moment to the next, life can change and I was reminded to not to focus on the sad in this one. By all means acknowledge the feeling for it is real, however know that sad moments need not define future ones.
Sometimes a chat with a trusted friend is all you need to see things differently and to give you hope.
The next day was a new day and was different because I looked at things differently with a fresh perspective and acceptance of what had happened before. I enjoyed my bike ride, caught up with another friend and laughed about all sorts of things. I had a good day: life had moved on from yesterday and my new chapter was unfolding.
Wayne Dyer has a great saying that has very much influenced my life:
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Two out takes stand out for me from this weekend:
- Know that everyday is a new one so will be different from the one you had today. It may be similar or it may be profoundly different. Embrace each.
- When thoughts of a particular friend or colleague come to mind, reach out to them: it can make a world of difference to their day.
Until next time, wishing you a delicious day filled with love, laughter and HAPPINESS!
Joanna xo 🙂