Seeing this lone Autumn leaf stubbornly hanging on through high winds and cold temperatures, I initially viewed it as strong. Then I realized it was actually the opposite. If I could have a conversation with my 16-year-old self, I would show her these photos and tell her the following:
“Dear Kathy, throughout your lifetime, KNOW that:
1. Friends will come and go
2. Family members will come and go
3. Lovers will come and go
4. Jobs will come and go
5. Homes will come and go
6. Your health will come and go
7. Ideas, creations, and beliefs will come and go
Your tendency will be to stubbornly hang on to all of them as long as possible, tying to “fix” situations or people, trying to make things work out, trying to make things “right,” trying to make things better.
Your instinct will be to do this no matter how painful, unfair, or destructive to your body, mind, and spirit it may be, until it becomes totally unbearable and you can hold on no longer.
Each time you will view this hanging on and “trying” as being strong, but in reality you are only creating more heartbreak and weakening your body, mind, and spirit.
My advice is to stop resisting the inevitable when it appears. Learn acceptance and letting go instead. Resistance creates hardening, while acceptance keeps things soft and flowing.
Each time you accept and let go, just as this leaf inevitably will, you may experience a long, cold winter with bouts of sadness, loneliness, fear, and feelings of abandonment – a type of death. That’s OK. That is part of the natural process of healing.
Feel what shows up. If it is a negative emotion you don’t want, let it go – each and every time.
Always remember, you are the tree in these photos, not the leaf. The leaves are all the people, pets, jobs, experiences, health, and joys in your life coming and going.
KNOW that Nature abhors a vacuum. Once you accept and let go of a situation, you create the space for new people, new ideas, new work, new experiences, new joys, and renewed health to appear… and they will.
Just like new green leaves will return in the Spring to this tree. Learn from Mama Nature. She knows everything. BE this tree.
I love you, Kathy. Live fully, with only LOVE in your heart, no matter what happens or how you are treated or misunderstood.
Learn to let go of all that does not serve your highest light, and receive all the GOOD that is waiting for you when you do.
I wish I had learned this at your age. I am only now learning and understanding the power of releasing attachments, fears, and heartbreak right away instead of after long, drawn-out agony.
Being a human is not easy. At all. However, if you can learn this now and practice it throughout your life, I believe you will have a much easier time of it.
Enjoy your journey, sweetie. Be well. Hugs and kisses, Your Older Self” 😘🙏💖
Love, Kathy ♥♥♥
Kathy Ozzard Chism, B.A., LMT
Author and Holistic Wellness Educator
To join Kathy’s blog and not miss any of her posts, click the “Follow” button at top.
To purchase Kathy’s healing book “The Power of Know – 30 Days of All-Natural Ways to Heal Mind, Body, and Spirit” in print, audiobook, or Kindle, click HERE.
To schedule a private healing and wellness coaching session with Kathy in person or by phone, please contact her at: email@example.com
(PLEASE NOTE: I do not subscribe to nor support any of the ads that may show up below this post. Those are from the server, not me. Thank you, Kathy ♥♥♥)