Wheels of Autumn turn
Spiral into golden hues
Cleaning summer’s dust.
Cycles of seasons
Releasing leaves for return
Compost for the earth.
Each cycle of life
Brings a new understanding
Life and death transformed.
Endings and Beginnings
All my life’s a circle. Sunrise and sundown. Harry Chapin
Autumn represents the ending of a growth and harvest cycle. The Winter Solstice represents the beginning of the rest (Autumn Winter) and the renewal cycle. (Spring Summer)
When we look at our cycles of life we can see the same progression.
We see it in our daily cycle. Our nights represent the rest of Winter. The dawn of Spring is our birth. Our Summers are the mornings and the harvests of the day. The Autumn of late afternoon and evening is the letting go. We wake. We plan and start the day. We complete the day’s activities. We rest.
We see it in our life cycle. We are born and nurtured. We become educated. We find an occupation. We retire. (And retirement is an opportunity to complete the cycle once again.)
And we rest.
Everything we do has a beginning and an ending. Everything. Everything is a part of nature.
My goal is to remind myself about the cycles of life. The endings and the beginnings. I look forward to the Winter Solstice. It reminds me to rest and contemplate the new beginnings of the Spring.