A Turn of the Page

photo by Debby Hudson and available on Unsplash

And just like that, October is gone. 

I wanted it to stay, to linger like the leaves that are  holding on to our dogwood tree. They are brown and sparse, a perfect picture of something that outstays it’s welcome.

The calendar seems to scream, “It’s almost over!” It’s a countdown to time that is passing too quickly. “STOP!”, I want to yell. Stop and let me notice the details of this time. Let me feel the change in the air, the slow dawn, the breeze that carries a chill. Let me soak in this fresh season.

The calendar turns from pumpkins to turkey and pecan pie to be followed too quickly by candy canes and wrapping paper.

It feels as if time is pressing in on me. Or as if I’m arm wrestling with it knowing time always wins.

Emily Freeman poses three questions as the calendar changes:

What was my most life-giving yes?

What was my most life-giving no?

What’s the one thing I want to leave behind moving into November?

These questions force me to release my tight grasp on time that can’t be held. They refocus my thoughts on what gives new breath; a positive calm.

Saying yes to completing a certification to be a life coach brought fear, anxiety, and a brave yes. There can be no brave without fear and these two emotions continue to dance through my days as I start this new journey.

I appreciate the life-giving power a sure no carries. I said no to quitting, to giving up; no to fear and yes to brave.

There are so many things I’d like to leave behind: politics, the pandemic, and division are the first that come to mind. Politics and the pandemic will be with us but I can refuse to participate in the divisiveness they can create.

The time changes this weekend in the US, or, more correctly, we change our clocks. Because it’s just like the song says, “time keeps on slippin’ into the future”.

7 thoughts on “A Turn of the Page

  1. You are and will be a fabulous coach, Debby! Your wise observations have offered me insight and encouragement in life’s messy transitions.

    You go, girl!

    1. Thank you, Linda. You and your words are appreciated and valued. ♡

    2. Thank you, Linda. Your encouragement and example these past years continue to inspire and guide me. You are, indeed, salt and light in this world.

  2. Hurrah! Your courage is inspiring! How lucky am I to learn from you?!

    1. Thanks, Barb, though I’m sure it’s you who inspires and teaches me. Clearly, I’m in good company.

  3. AMEN to this: “I said no to quitting, to giving up; no to fear and yes to brave.” You’re speaking to me, Debby! Thank you.

    1. I’m so glad this is your mindset too, Nancy. Thanks for your encouraging words.

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