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How to Appreciate Life Balance in That Everything Has Its Time

The woods grace the landscape in our backyard. We’ve lived here for almost 33 years and have joyfully watched as the colors and textures changed with each season. With the arrival of winter, the landscape is now bare with naked trees and little visible green. I eagerly await the first big snow when the quiet blanket of white transforms the woods. There is a time for each season. There are beauty and comfort in knowing that the seasons will change. Everything has its time. Appreciating and understanding this is an integral part of life’s balance. Nothing is permanent. Change is the only constant.

The Tree . . .

Over the years, we’ve lost many trees in our woods. Even the strongest of trees won't live forever. Several months ago I noticed that one of the tall trees was leaning more than usual. Each day it seemed to bend a bit more. Recently we experienced torrential rain with high winds. That did it. One dark evening, I heard a loud, crackling sound followed by a big, slow thud of the weighty trunk crashing to the ground. It wasn’t until the next morning that what I heard was confirmed. I saw the 50-foot tree toppled to the ground. Its time had come. 



The Bonfire . . .

Each year our friends have a winter solstice party, which we love going to. They build an enormous teepee-shaped bonfire in the woods. The fire is constructed from dead trees and limbs from their forest. The dead trees are repurposed to create this fantastic blaze that gives new energy to our thoughts and aspirations as we stand together in the dark of the winter night. We reflect about the past year. We toss into the fire experiences and ideas from the previous year that we’re ready to let go of. We also throw into the blaze new intentions for the coming year. Then the fire burns the wood completely taking with it our collective thoughts and bringing us a sense of balance and freedom. We square away what was. We ready ourselves for what will be.



As you conclude your year, consider how everything has a life. Are there projects or ideas that have run their course? Is it time to let them go? Are there projects you’re in the middle that need more attention? Or have they run their course? Are there new ideas that are begging for your energy and creativity to breathe life into? Nothing is meant to be forever. What will you let go of? What will you continue? What will you begin as one year ends and the new one starts?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!





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Reader Comments (6)

I love the bonfire event you experienced. When I was growing up, I would get very nervous, so I found that writing down my fears and anxieties and burning them in a pot outside helped me a great deal. It was very uplifting. I may try it with my kids since this year will be even more of a transitional year for them and us. Thank you for the reminder that it's ok to lean into change. Happy New Year.

December 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Sabrina- The bonfire at the annual solstice party is one of the most special nights of the year. The flames are mesmerizing. But there's also something so affirming about letting go and moving in the dark of the winter's woods. I love how you discovered a way to alleviate your fears when you were growing up. Transitions can be anxiety-producing because we venture into the unknown as we leave the familiar. I hope the flames continue to bring you and your family comfort and hope as you lean in to change. Happy New Year to you, my friend!

December 24, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the images you brought to mind as you describe your woods, the tree falling and the winter solstice bonfire. Powerful. I like to take time this week to reflect on my accomplishments of the year and to set my intentions for the year to come. I aim to build on what was successful and learn from what was not. Happy New Year, Linda! Best wishes to you and your family.

December 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Diane- Thank you for your words of support. Each day I watched as our tree leaned a bit more. Talk about leaning in! And then when it finally fell, I wasn't surprised, but I was a little sad. However, when that same week we had the bonfire, I saw a connection between the more significant message, and it brought me some comfort. I love that you're going to take time this week to reflect on the year and future think for the coming one. The clarity of your intent is inspiring. I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful New Year!

December 24, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I've never heard of anything like your solstice party, but I can imagine how liberating it would be to burn the things you want to release from your life. Wow!

December 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- I hadn't heard about them before our friends starting having them annually. I look forward to it every year. The fire is there for both releasing the old and setting new intentions. You can decide if you want to do one, both, or neither. I usually choose the combo of letting go and moving forward. I send you and your loved ones a happy and healthy New Year!

December 24, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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