Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. I find something about it so magical and comforting. It is a time of great change, especially in the northern climates. Warm summer’s light fades, the darkness returns, the cold returns, and all the while the trees shed their leaves in a mind-boggling, beautiful cacophony of color. It’s a time of transition, and transition is something every military spouse knows all too well. Transition can seem like a constant in life. Transitioning from one duty station to another, from one unit to another, deployment to reintegration, new schools, new friends, and leaving the old ones behind. Always transition. Fall is a great teacher and source of inspiration. It can teach us to overcome and even embrace the changes encountered in everyday life. From PCS to deployment, to reintegration to separation of service.
All Things Come to An End.
Nothing lasts for ever. As the leaves turn a multitude of colors before they fall from the trees, as the once blossoming flowers wither and die life moves on. Nothing is permanent. The same is true in life. Deployments don’t last forever, your current duty station won’t last forever, even your service member’s career will not last forever. These may be good things or bad, depending on perspective. Tough times will not last, yet neither will the good. So enjoy what you have while you have it, it won’t always be like it is now.
There is Beauty in Change.
Change brings its own sort of beauty. Leaves shout one last beautiful good-bye before the trees are left with out cover, and winter embraces the land. Changes in life bring the same sort of beauty, if you take the time to notice it. The whirling chaos of a PCS brings with it the excitement of new things, new experiences and new people.
Save Your Harvest.
This time of year we are surrounded by the abundance of the harvest. Apples, pumpkins, squash and so many of the late summer and early autumn edible delights we love are so easy to find t his time of year. Yet, they won’t last without proper preservation. Life has its own times of abundance, and times where resources are scarce, our own winters. To overcome these hard times, the best recourse is to save some of the resources the abundant times of life bring. Saving a bit now, can make all the difference in the future.
Be Thankful. Always.
It’s so easy to get trapped in the who has it worse wars, so instead be thankful for what you have. Thanksgiving isn’t the only time you should give thanks! Enjoy the good things you do have in your life, honor them, celebrate them and enjoy them. Focus on the positives you do have, and cast off the negative comparisons. Changes come far too quickly to overlook what we have right in front of it. Embrace it now, while you can.
There’s Always Light in the Dark.
As the days grow increasingly short, it’s easy to lament the loss of summer’s warmth and long days. Yet, even on the days when it starts getting dark at 3pm, there is always light ahead. The long, dark nights don’t last and in a few short months once more will the light and dark find balance. Life too moves in cycles, the dark days may seem insurmountable, but they will not last forever. There is always light, waiting for you at the end of your struggles.
Transitions can be difficult, scary or even exhilarating. One thing is for sure, we can’t escape them. Like the changing of the seasons, the ending of summer and the transition to winter, the coming autumn can show us how to deal with life’s transitions.