It’s mid-October and the winds of change have hit both Bend, OR and me, literally. When my husband and then, 3 dogs, moved to Bend a year ago I noticed the wind. It wasn’t windy every day and the wind wasn’t always super strong, but it felt different from any other wind I’d experienced in other places. For lack of a better way to describe it, the wind here has an energy to it that feels mystical and comforting at the same time. Like the spirits are swirling around. When we moved here, it was a sign to me we were in the right place. I know we still are. In general the weather is changing. We’re in that transition period from summer to fall. We still have some summer-like warm temperature days interspersed in there but it’s notably cooler at night, the leaves are changing, and the pine needles have turned orange and are falling off the Ponderosa trees.
Are you noticing any changes happening in your life as the seasons are shifting as well? Are you fighting those changes or leaning into them? I ask because change happens all the time. And often when it does we rebel against it. I’m not ready. I don’t want this. This wasn’t in my plan. Insert your specific example.
I’m there too. Learning to live without a dog child that I loved dearly. Trying to fill a space that can’t really be filled. But moving forward anyway.
Resisting change only keeps you stuck. The longer you resist the stucker you get. I know it can be hard, I do, but lean into it, allow yourself to soften around the edges, and start to notice what good things are showing up because of the change.
Even the changes that seem horrible at the time bring new life and hope. They all do. I’ve seen it over and over again with my clients, my friends, and in myself.
So I ask, is it windy in your neck of the woods?
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