Navigating Changes

Navigating Changes

September — the month when so many parents are beyond thrilled that their kids are going back to school. Meanwhile, most kids aren’t too happy about the end of Summer.

Several times this August, I heard people say that Summer is the shortest season, which of course it isn’t, it just seems that way.

In any event, Summer is ending, and Winter is on the way, with Autumn in between.

Not all Northeasterners are freaking out because Summer is ending, and Winter is around the corner. Some folks do actually love the cold. Meanwhile, those in the South have had a very hot summer and so they too are happily anticipating a change in the weather.

“So why all the talk about the weather, Suzane?” people sometimes ask. Well, the answer is that the weather is a lot like life. Although you know what the season is changing from, you may not know what it’s changing to. Changes in life can follow a similar pattern.

Life doesn’t come with a manual. Similarly, while you know that Fall is coming, you just don’t know what events may occur, or how those events may affect you.

We all know of the hurricane devastation last year, and we hope it doesn’t repeat itself this year. As I key this newsletter, Hurricane Dorian is a hot topic. Many people are praying that Hurricane Dorian, and the hurricanes in their own lives, work out.

So, yes, there are season cycles, and life cycles. But there is one constant in life, and that my friends is Love. Now, that could mean different things to different people but one thing is for sure, there is not a person on this planet who does not want to be loved.

Of course, all seasons have their particular beauty, which is also true in life (cute babies, adorable children, lovely teens, etc). In Autumn, the leaves changing colors can be amazing.

In life, changes occur, just like with the seasons (and within the seasons). Wherever we are physically, emotionally, and mentally, well, that’s where we are. Of course, the seasons play into this. To be happy, how many “snowbirds” flock to Florida for the winter, to essentially avoid the changing seasons?

I believe that when we DO wish to make a change, there are certain times that naturally align us in a way that makes it possible to bring about that change. As they say in France, “Voila!” September is one of those times.

September often is a time when one gets the feeling that a new beginning absolutely needs to be started.

Perhaps it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, but never had the time. A cooking, dancing, or self-defense class, perhaps. Or whatever. With the kids at school, parents can use their free time to make the lifestyle change that they’ve been wanting to make/

Yes, September is a time of potential impact. Whatever changes you make or come your way, please do all you can to enjoy those changes. However, if the changes are negative, do the best you can.

For me, Fall is always a very busy time of the year, starting with my Blog Talk Radio show at 6:00 pm EST / 3:00 pm PST this coming Monday, September 9. Listen in as I interview Rev. Dr. Terri Daniel about her book, Grief and God: When Religion Does More Harm Than Healing. Immediately following at 7:00 EST / 4:00 PST, join me for a Facebook LIVE video! You can view the live video right on my Facebook page.

This year, I’ll be traveling to some new places: Vancouver, Seattle, L.A., Palm Desert for West Coast. Returning to Florida (Tampa, Fort Myers, and Fort Lauderdale) and Roanoke on East Coast, and Michigan and Chicago in the middle.

I love connecting with so many of you, in so many places, along the way. Also love seeing old friends and meeting new ones. This is something I cherish.

As the song goes, “See You In September.”

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