Fall

September 13,2016

 Hello lovely world! It has been quite some time, and I finally got back to blogging.  Life just gets busier as time goes by. Often times I need to have my own self space to think and just breathe. As your lives get busier, I pray that your lives are filled with enriching moments ,times of growth,inspiration,and self – reflection. Now that it is September (yes finally!), the sweaters and cardigans that were bought during 100 degree weather (yes I buy cardigans in the summer, I know I am not the only one) can finally be worn. Well, at least soon, because on my side of the world it is still a bit warm The pumpkin spice lattes (along with my chai) are more than welcome to flow freely down my throat as I sit in a library for hours doing homework. And bring on the baked goods (sometimes its a bad thing when you love baking). Just kidding. 😉
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    This picture here kind of had me thinking about life. The colors of the leaves have begun to change. After some time these colors will fade and become brown to prepare for the arrival of new leaves. Nature is changing. It is adjusting to its own self. These leaves of vulnerability are enamored with beauty,grace,and voice. It is in the nature of the world that when autumn comes, leaves change color, and by the time winter arrives, the leaves have fallen.  When the time comes for them to fall, they will fall quietly, they will fall forcefully from winds of change, they will fall in their own nature, because they are meant to. But just because these leaves fall, does not mean that they are not prepared for something new,great,or beautiful. Leaves are meant to fall so new ones can grow, spring will come again. Falling does not mean anything negative. It in fact means quite the opposite. A time to rise again. A phase of life has ended. Times of growth are coming. Each leaf is unique, as each is new. Bare branched, trees stand firm and rooted, despite all the winds that will pass, and all of the unexpected blizzards that may or may not come, the trees are still tall and strong preparing to grow new leaves.
   Just like these leaves, we go through our own changes. Memories and experiences. Good or bad. Though I personally feel that nothing is really “bad” when it comes to change. Each experience is meant to bring something for us to learn from.  It is the pain,discomfort,and sorrow that we are afraid of. We are our own trees, and as long as we are strong and firm in our roots, we can go through ups and downs and come through. Leaves of hope,joy,love,experiences of life will come and go. As long as your trunk stands strong and you don’t let anything overpower you, rather you have the power and capability to make all the change you want, then life is essentially “all good”. You are defined by how you go through and handle situations, not what happens to you.  So as you go through your own season of change, of life, embrace each experience – happiness,gifts, whatever or whomever comes your way. Know that each leaf sent has a hidden blessing, we just have to look for it. You will be amazed at how much power one’s thinking has over a person. If you are positive, if you pull yourself though, if you truly believe to believe in yourself, eventually you will truly believe in yourself and be your greatest friend. You have the potential to do anything you put your mind to. Never aim or settle for something that your heart is not agreeing upon. Always believe and aim for the highest. You can do it. Nature is a great teacher, and we can learn a lot from just observation. By just being present in the moment, hearing one’s own heartbeat, and listening to what is not only around you,but inside you, one can learn a lot and get many answers by just reflection.
I pray that when your leaves start changing and you continue to experience the moments that life brings your way, that you are a more enriched and firm rooted individual. As this is what gets one through times of ease and through times of joy.  Happy fall and happy life!
Good is that which there is no evil in, it is thankfulness with relief, and patience with problems, how many are those who have a blessing and are not thankful? And how many are those who are faced with problems and are not patient?
 Hasan al-Basri

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