Autumn, glorious season. Gorgeous colors, harvest tables, cool crisp air. Autumn, all shifting shadows, early darkness, shedding trees. When life might be disheartening. When your heart might go thud. Autumn, the paradoxical season.
It helps to look up. To notice the beautiful full moon. To breathe in the air that smells like crimson leaves. To ease someone’s burden. To make a new decision. To grab onto new, fresh, energy.
To look for opportunity in the cracks.
As songwriter genius Leonard Cohen penned, “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”
Reality sometimes thrusts unwelcome craters into your plans. But the experience itself, you create. Your joy. Your sorrows. Your ups. Your downs. And everything in between. The choices you made that have led you to the spot you are standing in right now. In that way, you have complete control. What will you do next? Take action? Make a renewed commitment? Make some new music?
Wisdom from India.Arie.
“Shadows make you whole.
A life without pain is a wolf in sheep’s clothing
If you listen to its lessons, you’ll find the gold
You cannot touch the sky from inside yourself
Life’s going to hurt but it’s made to be felt
A bird cannot fly until it breaks the shell
There’s no such thing as perfect. We’re all doing the best that we can.
We have a choice to live ….. or be truly alive!
You’ll be stuck on the ground until you
(Paraphrased lyrics from Break the Shell, by India.Arie)
Because you created your life thus far, you have everything you need within you to create the love filled life of your dreams right now. Take the next step. What will that be? Look for opportunity in the cracks.