Fall passes quickly here in the mountains. Our longest season is winter here in western Montana. Spring is also often short and summer is for many much much too short. For me, though, time and seasons pass in just the right amount of time. While I can get caught and attached and hung up in many varying elements of life the passing of time and the weather are areas I practice with to become comfortable amongst, accepting of, and in harmony with.
Sometimes, for me, like now, it is easier to embrace the changes of the season than to embrace my own changes. Somehow it seems we’ve been taught that change is not only not good but it’s looked down upon as something not supposed to happen. We’re always changing! We just don’t always take notice.
When challenges arise in our daily life it is easy to fall back on this common notion of how things aren’t supposed to change – life isn’t supposed to be like this. When challenges arise life is changing. And oftentimes change doesn’t start out looking so swell. In fact, it can feel pretty miserable and agonizing. Change, whether it happens fast or slow, is a process, an unfolding, and often involves a lot of unanswered questions, turmoil, agitation of past ideas, and restlessness. Change takes time and adjustment and patience.