The October Giddy. Maybe you know it. That particular delight we feel when the air turns crisp, the leaves sparkle with autumnal hues, and we finally get to rock our booties again. This fall, I was awestruck by the potato vine that kept going and going…the coleus purchased at 60% off late in the season that nonetheless came into its glory on my front porch, and the hearty heirloom pumpkins that I picked up at the supermarket. It was a snapshot of seasonal beauty that made my heart leap each time I looked.
Two nights of temps in the twenties changed all of that. My October Giddy faded with nature’s reminder that it was, after all, November. Almost everything was frozen or at least wilted beyond the pale. I grabbed my red wheelbarrow and faced reality.
My little voice beckoned: When it comes to beauty, do not hold on too tightly. Remember to shift your lens. That’s when I grew amazed.
Sometimes we hold on too tightly –
to people and our expectations of them
to careers and our dreams realized, spent, or unfulfilled
to the ideas and images of who we once were
to days and memories now past.
It is only when we release our grip on what was or coulda, shoulda been, that we can move forward to create again, and then again.
Put that into practice right here and right now, my little voice said. I fretted about the fact that it was far too early for Christmas decorations, uncertain about what to do with the void left by my now absent plants on the front porch. Work with what you have, she persisted.
“Work with what you have.” Such a simple statement, applicable to everything we cling to, wanting it to remain just as it is, when, just like us, it cannot.
This season, as you stretch and adapt yourself like Gumby or Super Woman, remind yourself to work with what you have and to let it be. Let it be enough.