September: a fresh beginning to a “new year”; the disappointing end of summer; another chance to reset schedules and good habits; a season of remembrance of what was; or, the embracing of a new challenge or opportunity. Over the past long weekend, I have heard people on the bus and in coffee shops speaking about all these viewpoints. It seems September can spark within us a mixture of anticipation or dread, hope or loss, or, perhaps, all of the above at once.
What does September signify to you? What questions might you have about the autumn and winter season? What needs to be let go and what needs to be included?
One way to sort through the myriad opportunities is to reflect again or to draft a list of your deepest values and beliefs. Compare this list to your plans, possibilities, work, and practices. Are they aligned? What values and beliefs do your activities support? Do you have restorative practices built into what is typically a very busy season?
If you are one of the people who are anticipating the adoption of new rhythms or rituals, I will be posting a few tweets on resources we might have talked about in counselling sessions or that speak to themes people have been curious about in conversations we’ve shared. Check them out on my Twitter feed @gottasecond.