November’s Essentials: The Light and Love Within

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We are here to love, not just when it is easy, but when loving is hard, maybe especially when it is hard. . . . . . . The Nature Whisperer

November teaches me about the essentials, about who we are without the layers. She releases her burdens and shows us the simplicity of lightness. Weightiness drifts away like falling leaves. Look inward, she implores, beyond the splintering edges. Ralph Waldo Emerson said that what lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters to what lies within.

What Lies Within . . .

If spring is a newborn and summer is adolescence, then autumn is our wise sage. November, the wisest of all months, shows us how to let go. But like the trees in my periphery, I still have more to shed. What am I holding onto? Anger? Fear? Self-righteouness? They cloud and dull the light within. I watch the most stubborn leaves tenaciously clinging to thier hold. I think, that’s me, holding on to negativity when I know I can expect the impossible.

There is something special in the leaves that drift away from the trees—as if we are all allowed a chance to peel, a chance to refresh to start again. Ruth Ahmed.

I did consult with November, my wise sage. She reminded me of Ecclesiastes 3: there is a time for every purpose. I see my purpose. This is my time to peel, to refresh and to ignite the light within. Then watch out for the impossible.

Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. Luke 11:35. KJV


A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Nancy Buhrer says:

    Once again you spoke to my heart as you hit the nail on the head as to my own life right now – learning to let go- not easy for me- and the beautiful scripture from Ecclesiastes is such a gentle reminder so appropriate to my current thinking- yes as I watch the leaves every day on my run, what great wisdom to compare their letting go to my need to do so in so many areas of my life – Thank you Gloria as you leave me lost in thought!


    1. Nancy, I struggled with this post until I truly looked inward and saw the negativity. Trees are so wise.


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