Nature’s Reminders

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Some say that the four seasons represent the four seasons of life. Spring is a time for new beginnings and planting seeds to take root. New growth and new opportunities bloom around us and within us. Summer is a time for relaxing, spending time with family and friends, and the enjoyment of all the beauty in our lives in full swing. Fall represents the reaping of the harvest, winding down, and gathering all that the year has brought to us so that we can reflect on our blessings and what we are grateful for. It is also the time when the leaves and trees teach us a valuable lesson about letting go. Though they fall and fade away, we have faith and trust in their return when it is time.

Winter, then, represents the most difficult times in our life. Colder, shorter, and darker days stand in stark contrast to our sunny summer months but still deliver some of the most joyous holidays we celebrate all year. I like that Mother Nature has her own particular way of reminding us about planting roots, kicking back, letting go, and finding joy. I wish you an extraordinary month ahead filled with so many things to be thankful for, and I thank you for allowing me to be part of your Monday Motivation!

Something to Think About
As winter approaches, what change will you embrace in your life as you look forward to the new year? What are the things that you’ll need to let go of to make room for the new?

Weekly Challenge
We are in the season of Thanksgiving. If you haven’t started one yet, consider beginning a gratitude journal or adding a spot on your daily calendar to write down those things you are grateful for each day. Ours can be a stressful profession, and that daily pause to remind yourself of what’s going right can go a long way toward keeping perspective when things sometimes go sideways. This is also the perfect month to call at least five past clients per week and thank them for their business and loyalty. One may even surprise you with a referral! Enjoy!

Words of Wisdom
Every season is one of becoming but not always one of blooming. Be gracious with your ever-evolving self. – B. Oakman

Be aware of what season you are in, and give yourself the grace to be there. – Kristen Dalton

All the trees are losing their leaves, and not one of them is worried. – Donald Miller

When the winds of change blow, remember… sometimes what appears dead is simply preparing for a new season. – Jane Lee Logan

If you stay stuck in the past season or stay fixated on the future season, you will miss the one you’re in. – Maree Dee

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