“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius
Pumpkin spice is in the air and colorful leaves are falling to the ground, that can only mean one thing… FALL IS HERE! Many people love autumn because of the beautiful colors the leaves change. They go from green and yellows to orange and reds. However, most people don’t know why they change. Some think the leaves change due to cooler temperatures or due to a cycle the trees go through.
Simply, leaves change colors because of STRESS!
In autumn, the daytime shortens and the trees receive less sunlight. Trees need sunlight for photosynthesis, which enables trees and plants to change sunlight into their food. Therefore, due to the reduced amount of sunlight the trees need to work harder to survive, and to also conserve food for the winter.
Therefore, the trees are going through one of their most stressful times and they look better than ever! As Bianca and I spoke about this topic she said, “I wish I looked more beautiful every time I was stressed out. If a tree can be elegant and composed in times of stress than I could too!”
What image do we project when we are stressed and how are our words taken? Are we frazzled and speak with harsh, frustrated, and sharp words? Or do we try to camouflage with our surroundings and hope no one sees or speaks to us?
How can we BRANCH out and reflect our inner strength and natural divinity during adversity.
As a tree reaches towards the sunlight, may we reach for enlightened thoughts, emotions and actions that empower us to truly experience life. Allowing us to know the true value of “being alive”. Our willingness to extend our branches and learn how to just “be” even in the face of adversities strengthens our sense of courage, hence inner peace.
It is with this peaceful knowledge that we can best reach out and help others when needed.
Read part 4 to learn how to deal with adversity in the middle of a storm while remaining peaceful, elegant, and composed.
-Tania Garcia, LCSW is a Masters Level Therapist, at B2NCenter.com (941) 456-7949. Bianca Sanchez, co-author