The artist and poet Ashleigh Brilliant, once said, “Constant change is here to stay.” Change can be disturbing for some and a relief for others. The changing of seasons happens to all. We talk of the “seasons” of our lives which are demarcated by the experience of growing older.
From the ancient of times, humans have been rooted in the seasons, always watching the “signs” of change. This is not unlike what you and I do today, especially in Colorado. One of the beautiful things about Colorado is the change in the seasons. Now, our state has succumbed to drastic seasonal changes, especially the November 2014 freeze to the Mother’s Day freeze in 2013 and 2014. Any one who lives and works in our state from gardeners and farmers to construction workers and educators, it is evident abrupt changes are unsettling, disturbing, and at times costly. Change will happen.
Change brings about opportunity. When one door closes, another doors opens. And so it is with the changing of the seasons. As we put our summer gardens to rest, we look forward to making plans for what next year’s garden will bring. A few new plants in a perennial bed, a new tree or shrub to set off our landscape design. Or big plans to completely re-do a portion of the landscape. Now we have the opportunity to put that plan together;.
Autumn is the pinnacle of seasons in Colorado. The warm days and cool nights reveal the hidden beauty in leaves by showering us with brilliant color. A harvest bounty fills the home, whether it came from a farmer’s market or a home grown garden. This season allows us to reflect, renew and react to the marvelous change. Journalist, Linda Ellerbee best sums up change by sharing, “What I like most about change is that it’s a synonym for ‘hope.’ If you are taking a risk, what you are really saying is, ‘I believe in tomorrow and I will be a part of it.” There is hope in change, embrace it.