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For every season there is a reason. Sunday September 13, 2015

When does one year end and another year begin?

Some people might say 31 December and 1 January are the beginning and the end of the year. Others might say the Winter solstice or maybe it's Spring when the leaves start breaking from the trees and the first buds of the snowdrops appear?

For me however the Autumn is the end of one year and a beginning of the next.

As the year turns, the leaves start to drop, and it appears that everything comes to a stop.

To the casual observer it may appear the trees have gone to sleep and that everything is dead. In fact everything is just beginning again.

The leaves that have been dropped by the trees start to breakdown through the action of the bacteria and become food for the trees and the plants. The trees themselves form their new buds in the Autumn, rolled tight and ready for the spring. Deep beneath the earth the Spring bulbs start to stir and send out new roots and form new shoots which will start to push through the soil, ready to appear when the weather becomes milder.

As we pass through Winter it is easy to look and think that everything is dead or asleep as we cannot see what is beneath the surface but we would be wrong.

To me depression feels like Winter, everything seems grey or dead and I can't do anything but rest. But I have to trust that, like Winter, things are changing though I may not be aware of them and that spring will come back in to my life. Nothing ever stays the same, all things change, but like the arrival of Spring, change does not always have to be bad.

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Hopeful One Sun, Sep 13th 2015 @ 6:26am

Hi Panelope-just fantastic! In that depth of depression that feels like winter one must never use the hope that spring WILL come again.

Debs Sun, Sep 13th 2015 @ 6:45am

Beautiful beautiful blog Penelope!! So poetic. Like you I find depression to be a winters tale - cold and sometimes difficult to accept, but always the start of something. I've begun to look at what depression is trying to teach me - what do I need to shed? Like trees humans are constantly evolving and changing and sometimes resisting the change is painful. Nature can teach us so much about letting go, letting our leaves drop and the new buds emerge. Thank you for an inspiring start to the day. xx

Adam Sun, Sep 13th 2015 @ 8:24am

That was a lovely post Penelope, thank you.

H Sun, Sep 13th 2015 @ 10:08am

Lovely Post, and totally agree. With each new beginning there is always the balance. Nature has a way with things being in balance, and she does it perfectly. Us humans however, really struggle to get the balance of life, and when we don't get it we end up being out of balance and depressed. One of the main issues that causes this is change. Many of us don't like change, struggle with change and cant' or won't accept it, and this is a huge key factor in our condition of depression. I've just finished reading a book called "When things change, change everything". In parts it's hard going, and some may find it hard to accept and do what it is suggesting, (I'm trying to practice) but you know, it's right what it says, and if we can learn to accept and think of change as the way life is and accept it, we will be addressing that balance and this will benefit us. So in respect of your blog Penelope, Change is beautiful in whatever form and we, like mother nature should accept and go with the flow of it. Happy Autumn to all.. Angel Blessings H xx

Frankie Sun, Sep 13th 2015 @ 11:41am

Beautiful Penelope, thank-you!
I have always loved Autumn; firstly as a beautiful season, secondly as a fresh start to a new academic year.
And yes, H, acceptance ... oh, an ongoing process and the rebel in me often resists too strongly ...I love your phrase "Change is beautiful" - my affirmation for the time being ... thank-you.

Lexi Sun, Sep 13th 2015 @ 12:41pm

Beautiful post.

Julia Sun, Sep 13th 2015 @ 4:25pm

This makes nice reading Penelope. At this time of the year and particularly today when it's been quite dull weatherwise where I live, one's thoughts do turn to Autumn and Winter and these thoughts can become depressing ones; the lack of sunlight and warmth, grey days and rain etc. However some people actually prefer shorter days and the necessity to stay inside and not venture out and be forced to socialise. They feel depressed and more exposed when the better weather arrives! So I guess there are seasons to suit everyone and as you say nature is constantly changing with the seasons, nothing stays still. Perhaps we all need a short period of hibernation away from the world. I like your idea of changes happening during periods of depression, changes we may not be aware of but ones which will ultimately help us. Nice one!

Otir Sun, Sep 13th 2015 @ 4:47pm

And tonight, for the Jews it IS a new beginning, with the Jewish New Year starting and setting things afresh. There is a lot of wisdom to find in the cycle of nature, seen as a reflection on the cycle of our moods, and it can also help seeing them in the bigger picture of the plan of Creation. Wishing you all the best, and grateful for your lovely blogpost.

Frankie Sun, Sep 13th 2015 @ 5:01pm

Happy New Year!

Bearofliddlebrain Sun, Sep 13th 2015 @ 7:17pm

Lurved your account, Penelope, just lovely. Conjures up so many images. I absolutely lurve autumn and even the beginnings of winter as we prepare for the Christmas holiday! I know, am probably barking mad, but I love the changing trees here where I live. The planners who provided so many trees when landscaping the parkways around the city, had great vision; already we are seeing reds, oranges, yellows and sometimes, with the lowering sun - some trees are ablaze. I have been cutting back the straggly summer bedding plants or taking them out completely and saying goodbye to their year...but planting up pots with bulbs so their year is starting. I lurve the start of the winter season as I love preparing for Christmas even though it doesn't always go well, I get ve ve excited and want to put much effort into the busyness of it, and I am a big kid at heart!!!
Then New Year comes and January and February with snowdrops and aconites and although those months are sometimes bleak, the landscape can look stunning with frosts on bare branches and cobwebs - and there's an excuse to make blankets and snuggle up with hot chocolate or chocolate of any kind!! Then all of a sudden, spring appears bringing leaves and then flowers that the planted bulbs promised peek through along with the smiley faces of winter pansies...deep joy!
Oh dear, I've gone on too long.....thank you Penelope...hope the promise of winter flowers can cheer you this year. x x x x

Lex Sun, Sep 13th 2015 @ 8:25pm

Lovely Penelope.
You might like this if you don't know it:
"Spring must strike again, against the shield of Winter..."

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