Monday, October 18, 2010


“When the music changes, so does the dance.” ~ African Proverb

I just returned today from Eureka Springs where I attended the Ozark Creative Writer’s Conference. On my way there the trees were green, the weather a little too warm. However, coming home they were turning scarlet, orange, and yellow, the air crisp. My heart sang out, “Change is coming!”

How I love the seasons. Especially fall. It is the time when nature dons colorful clothes and celebrates the fruits of spring and summer. Each season is distinct and has a unique purpose.

In much the same way, life is the same. Think about this, every living thing grows and changes. We all go through changes or “seasons” and each serve a purpose. We grow into adults. We graduate school, get married, start careers, get jobs, maybe have a few children. Our children grow into adults and make us grandparents.

We change our careers, our interests, and the direction of our lives. Our bodies change, our ways of thinking grows and sometimes changes. We watch loved ones die and one day we will too.

This is the natural flow of life. Where we go wrong is when we resist change. No one can enjoy fall if they are filled with longing for the past spring. As the proverb says, dance to the music that is playing. Live your life to the fullest. Embrace the change and make it work for you.

Dance to the music of fall! 

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