Now, however, the change goes completely unnoticed until halfway through the season when we hit Halloween or Daylight Savings Time and we take stock of where we are. The focus during this time tends to be in two directions, life happenings and weather. This is the usual thought process: "What day is it? Oh crap! Only one week until Halloween?! How did that happen? Does my kid have the costume they want? I need to buy candy. When is daylight savings? Do we gain or lose an hour? Dang it's getting cold!"
Nowhere in there is the traditional meaning of the season. Not really. For me, this year was going to be just like the others. A rat race to Winter and Christmas with some half-formed resolutions that we all know I wouldn't follow through on. Until yesterday.
I had a bit of an epiphany. I don't like the way those other years shaped up after a Fall of rushing and fumbling through the daily grind. I didn't attract what I wanted and needed in my life. I didn't have the success in all areas of my life that I wanted to experience. And, now I know why.
You see, our lives become like the proverbial Junk Drawer. You know the one, that place where you throw all the odd bits and bobs of life that don't really belong, or fit, in the cupboards. Don't lie to me, I know you have one, everybody does. The fact is though, that we shove more and more and more in there until it spills over and things start bouncing out because the drawer won't close. Most of the things in there were important at one point or another, but now they're just junk. And, they are taking up valuable space that other important things need.
So, this Fall, instead of collecting more junk and getting mad at the drawer for not closing, I'm going to clean it out. This year I am purging what doesn't work and isn't needed. Bothe physically ( I've been married 9 years and have never put my wedding dress back on, I think it can go away), metaphorically (I really don't need to follow advertisers on Twitter. Buh-bye crazycakes), and metaphysically ( I have been slacking off in my meditations and have accumulated some damaging ideas about myself and my interpretation of success).
I plan on creating a beautifully open void before the new year so what I want, and need, has room to move in instead being deflected by the Spring loaded pile do junk in the damn drawer that just won't close. LOL
I invite you to join me in my journey. I will be attacking this endeavor with all the gusto and zeal I can muster. If that is not your style, or if that seems like too much, take it one step at a time. Choose one thing each week to focus on and finish what you start. By the time the new year rolls around, you'll be primed for an amazing opportunity to structure your life instead of fighting with the drawer that won't close.
What would you rather be without? What do you want in your drawer that won't fit?