the nature of things

by michelle on November 9, 2012

This morning I was whining on the phone to a friend about my woes. I woke up feeling sad, so sensitive to the season of shedding, transition, change. My friend tenderly listened to me talk about “last year” and all the little anniversaries that are here. All the things that aren’t as they used to be, yet aren’t as I want them.

She was quiet for a moment and then said, I sit here looking out the front window to the big maple tree, and I’m watch her let go of her leaves. And they’re just floating, moved by the breeze, no longer on the tree, but not yet on the ground.

I equal parts wanted to roll my eyes…. and crumble into a ball sobbing.

Ah, how nature teaches us. If only we pay attention.

This is a time of letting go, simplifying, shedding what is no longer needed, pruning, stripping away.

The snake that sheds its skin is raw and tender for a time. Naked. Exposed.

The bare shrub is not yet in hibernation under the ground, wintering. It’s still out in the world, but more stark. Spare.


I’m practicing letting go of my adornment — whether it’s external prettification, entertaining distraction, or fancying up my yoga practice.

No. Instead, I’m practicing simplifying.

Simplifying is the most elegant of tasks in our cluttered culture.

Join me? What can you simplify? What are you shedding? What is “in between” — not where it was, but not yet to the new place?



{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim December 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I’ll join you. Always.


Kim December 12, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I’ll join you. I’ll keep joining you…season to season.


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