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A Season of Letting Go

Falling leaves remind us we are entering a season of letting go. Like those remaining leaves hanging on into December, we too try to cling onto the familiar that once nurtured us and gave us life. We hold on tight not wanting to relinquish the comfort of our past.

“I must be thankful for what is and stop
thinking about what is not.”

— Nancy Wood

Letting go of life as we knew it is hard. COVID-19 has taken much, and we are exhausted and weary. These past months, we’ve endured multiple tiny and significant deaths. We’ve lost connections, employment, and loved ones. And we’ve had to manage new and multiple demands. Like the falling leaves, we too have plummeted into a season of dying. Saying goodbye to our way of living and those we love puts us in a place of vulnerability.

Whether we are ready or not, change is in the air. Autumn reminds us to be thankful for the bounty of the past season and to prepare for the season that awaits us. A season for introspection and reflection, naming our grief, and gratitude. We cannot move forward unless we are willing to leave something behind. In one of his poems, Rumi noted how a closed fist precedes the opening of a hand. He wrote, “If the hand is always open or closed, the hand is crippled.” There is a time to open and a time to let go.

Take stock of your feelings as we live into fall and the holiday season approaches. Find healthy ways to express the loneliness, fear, stress, and grief. It is easy to self-medicate with social media, food, alcohol, online shopping, and other behaviors that left unchecked can lead to unhealth. During this month of November, pause and give thanks. Take inventory of the ways you have been blessed.

So You Can Be Well

  • What emotion is most present for you today?
  • Life, love, and time are three of our greatest gifts. How have you lived, loved, and stewarded your time well?
  • What are you ready to let go of, so you can be open to receive?
  • How do you live generously?
  • What are you grateful for?
  • Create a cornucopia of your abundant gifts.

Deacon Tammy L. Devine

Tammy shares her passion for health, healing, and wholeness through consulting, coaching, and retreat facilitation. As an ELCA deacon, registered nurse, parish nurse/coordinator, and ICF certified coach, she collaborates with thought leaders to facilitate personal and communal growth toward living and leading well. Contact her to learn more.

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