In nature, the fall is the most productive time of year.
This is the season for preparation, sharing and generosity.
Though some crops come in earlier, by fall, gardens and fruit trees alike are yielding their harvest. This is the time when all of our labors come into fruition, and we lay up the food that will sustain us through the winter.
Spiritually, the autumn of our life is the time that we begin to reach full maturity. In our youth our life was mostly about fulfilling our dreams and getting the most out of life for ourselves. Now our focus tends to shift toward what we can do for the people around us, and how we can contribute to the wellbeing of our community and our world.
“In the autumnal events of my own experience, I am easily fixated on surface appearances – on the decline of meaning, the decay of relationships, the death of a work. And yet, if I look more deeply, I may see the myriad possibilities being planted to bear fruit in some season yet to come.
From Parker J Palmer “Let Your Life Speak” p 98
Spiritually our autumn is when our focus finally begins to shift toward loving and providing for those in need, including our selves.
This is also when the fruits and seeds of service that have been developing all summer finally ripen and reach their harvest.