If you live far enough north or south, you can feel the change that happens at this time of the year. In fact, you probably sensed a faint stirring around you even as the calendar turned to August. The air begins to smell and feel different. The sun shifts on the horizon. And if you live in a temperate zone as I do, you might wake one morning to find yourself bundled from head to toe making hot cereal with raisins for breakfast, and wondering when did you actually stop mourning for summer gone by? and when did you begin to look forward to all that the fall season has to offer?

When, exactly, did that mental shift towards acceptance happen?

Fall time settles us down but it also invigorates and revitalizes our senses. I’m not just thinking about how the change in weather brings out warm sweaters and hearty soups. Autumn also brings a new season of learning, renewed energy with work, and perhaps a sense of urgency to close in on your goals for the year.

We experience change around us every day and throughout our lives. It takes many shapes and many directions. At times, we fear it, resist it and eventually perhaps resign ourselves to it. But there are those magical moments when we feel it, yearn for it, and embrace it.

Sometimes we make change happen and sometimes it happens to us. But when we embrace that change, we take enormous strides toward personal growth and development.

When I accept that September has arrived — or perhaps more accurately that I have arrived at September – it becomes one of my favourite times of the year. I see potential and feel energized again.

What about you? What’s your relationship with Change these days?