I don’t know about you but I LOVE Autumn. It is by far my favorite season. Cool crisp weather, hoodies, bonfires, pumpkins, Carmel apples, and colorful and falling leaves. It is such a beautiful season that warms our hearts and minds before entering the cold and snowy months ahead.
My family just finished an amazing weekend camping near the beautiful Aspen Trees in Colorado. I am in awe every time I get to experience the beauty and the magic of these beautiful trees.
2020 has left the majority of us in a broken down, emotionally exhausted and naturally confused state. As a nation we have experienced severe natural disasters, an unexpected global pandemic, social injustice killings, riots and child trafficking at its worst. Families have been forced to stay home, students forced to have school online and everyone forced to wear masks. Our businesses have plummeted and so many have been forced to close their doors. Families have struggled at an all new low as many have lost their jobs, lost their homes and lost family members and friends. Mental health issues are at an extreme high. Church attendance is at an all-time low.
If we could only get to 2021 everything will be back to normal, right? Maybe not. I don’t know what 2021 will bring. We can only hope for the best and learn to let go of the disappointment that 2020 has brought upon us.
This Autumn, what if we learned to let go as a tree does? These beautiful trees purge every year to get ready for the growth and the rebirthing of a new and beautiful season. The leaves have fully grown and know that it’s time to let go. It could be so beautiful to make the decision this Fall to simply let it go; the resentment built up, the lack of forgiveness inside our hearts, the bitterness we feel, and the many disappointments of 2020. Imagine your heart purging these things as a tree does. How beautiful it could be to let go of the hurt, pain, disappointments that the 2020 season has bought on us and cleanse your heart and mind for the growth that can occur in 2021.
Will 2021 be easier? I don’t know but I think we can be stronger. As much as I’d like to turn back time and take away all the bad things that have happened in 2020, I don’t know that I would. Hurt and pain change us, mold us and challenge us to become stronger than we have been in previous seasons. Just as a small and young tree purges its leaves each season, it grows stronger, more resilient and even more vibrant in the next season. It learns, it grows and it becomes beautiful.
What if this is us, friends? What if instead of holding onto the hurt and pain of 2020, we let it go instead? What if we forgive that family member or that friend that has wronged us? What if we let go of the disappointment of that loss we have experienced? What if we empowered ourselves to move on and grow stronger?
Let’s look at a few steps that can help us all journey into letting go this season.
1. Accept what is and what has happened
Honestly, I feel like I am still in shock
over the events that have occurred in 2020 and I know many of you feel the same
way. You will find just about anywhere on the internet that the first thing to
do in healing from something is to accept what has happened. Face it head on
and acknowledge everything bad that has happened in this season. On top of the
global issues occurring, my family have faced hardship after hardship this
year. It seemed like anything that could break, did. You may have faced similar
hardships. Make a list of all of the bad things this season has brought to you
and your family. Let those negative emotions flow and then accept them and
2. Be thankful
Be thankful for the things you do have and be thankful for how much stronger you are now. We have experienced things that no other person in history has experienced. The compilation of all these events has brought upon a lot of heaviness and a lot of darkness. As this dark season is coming to end, what have we learned? Where have we grown? How are you stronger? What are the things you are thankful for? Get out your pen and paper and make a list.
3. Find humor in what we have experienced
So, I know some of you may say that nothing has been funny about 2020 but I will admit the memes have been pretty on point and have caused water to spew out of my mouth on occasion. Have a little laugh and enjoy a few good memes. Subscribe to my blog to see my top picks for 2020 best memes in just a few weeks.
4. Let it go
In the words of Elsa “Let it go, let it go, Can't hold it back anymore.” Make the decision to let it go. Things don’t disappear on their own. Forgive others and yourself. Create a positive mantra to help counter act any negative thoughts that may want to creep back in. Look up some positive encouraging quotes or scriptures that you can use when faced with negative thoughts. Engage in self care. Focus on the present – the here and now – and the joy.
Don’t forget to breathe and go find a tree that is dropping its leaves this season. Maybe we can gather strength and hope by watching them let go of something with such ease and beauty.