Autumn is more a season of the soul than of nature. – Friedrich Nietzsche
There’s something magical about fall. Even if you don’t live somewhere where the leaves change colors the second the calendar flips to September, there’s still an element of magic to the season. Autumn mornings are defined by sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, ends and beginnings. Autumn evenings are punctuated with crimson sunsets and wind-songs in the trees. There’s a Starley Horowitz quote that sums up fall perfectly; “Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolor, Summer an oil painting and Autumn a mosaic of them all.”
There’s something incredibly significant and emotional about the autumnal cascade of leaves. It shows us how beautiful it is to let something go. Autumn brings us a world in glorious changing colors, transitioning from green to gold to red to brown to gone. As the bright leaves on our favorite neighborhood trees grow fiery as the summer heat softens, we’re reminded of how important it is to appreciate what we have before it’s gone.
Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen day and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day. – Emily Brontë
Shorter days and longer nights, for us, means time for introspection and rest in between markers of the season. This stripping back of layers allows us to go through a rebalancing of self and purpose as we move forward with all that we have learned and all that has been embedded in us over the course of a year. Change is in the air. It’s in the breeze, in the trees, inside each and every soul. Afternoons are fleeting while dusks and twilights linger. Even in places without a sea of candy apple foliage the feelings are still there. It’s the doorway that awakens our souls to the season.
Autumn is a story of how endings follow beginnings and time always leads to new dawning. Autumn gives us a better perspective on the full story of our lives – discovery and loss; sacrifice and surprise; an eternal rhythm that keeps us whole.