Do you hear it? – by Rev. Heather McCarrel

Photo by Timothy Eberly/Unsplash

The wind whistles it, the leaves whisper it as they dance about, the creek babbles it, the red squirrels chattered it along with the chipmunks, the Canadian Geese honk it as they fly overhead and the birds sing it as they gather at the feeders.

It is the mantra of autumn, “The time of change has arrived.”

This time of change grants us permission to modify our life in ways that bring about more contentment and discover deeper peace of mind.  We can reshape our days to create space for those things that make us happy; more time for longer walks, to read a good book or to finish some of the half-finished quilting or woodworking projects.

Autumn is a transformational time that asks, “Where is there room for change in my life and do I have the courage to make these changes?”

One change I have made is the baking of bread. I missed the routine and award of making bread so for the past few weeks I have been thrilled to fill the house with the aroma of bread baking. I also have reclaimed the old fashion task of hand written notes.  We are a people of texting and emails so I have committed to two hand written notes each week.

What changes have you wanted to make? As Charles Darwin wrote, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Now is the time to answer the call of autumn and have the courage to make some of those long desired changes.

Rev. Heather McCarrel