A couple of days ago, as I turned over the September page on my calendar, a beautiful image of purple trees greeted me. Just like that, Autumn was here.
Living in Toronto, I first became aware of the beauty of this season. A seed so deeply planted that it took it over a decade to manifest itself. So intrinsically entwined with the truth of who I am that its revelation was tied up with my own. Almost in a gasp, as if it were a cadence to a forgotten song, I heard myself saying, Autumn is my favourite season.
There is a tremendous magnificence in the way that every tree and each leaf gives in to the power of nature as it moves through them. Trusting, like a child, that only wonder lies in the next moment. A surrender so absolute that only freedom is the answer. It feels to me like the finale of an epic performance, where each individual rises to create the culmination of a great story and just beyond the last note of the orchestra, a place of shimmering silence, where love collects and reminds us of who we are.
This is how love unveils itself through Autumn; in the soft whispers of a bountiful life; through the richness of the colours that have made up our journey and in the yielding of what has been, to lead us back home.
Where’s the separation? The leaf that falls will one day, become the tree that gave birth to it, just as the tree that remains knows the life it brought forth will return one day to transform it. Different faces of the One.
One eternal celebration.
So full of peace and love, beautifully written
Thank you 🙏🏻
October is my favourite colour too..after reading this )
Hassan S Yasin says
This was so beautifully written. I think October is my new favorite color as well now. ❤️
Sidra Zia says
So deep and beautifully written. Love this Autumn month.😘
I absolutely love the title. Such a beautiful visual image.
I’ve always loved fall. While the slight meloncholy of those fallen leaves crunching underfoot always made me contemplative, it was the hush of a world seemingly taking a pause before winter set in, that always always attracted me.
Loved reading this Afshan. Thanks for articulating the sentiment.
Autumn always always brings a certain meloncholy with it. Love reading your perspective. Though October is my birth month, there is something in this month that makes the heart heavy. One waits with abated breath, and then a sigh of relief as winter sets in 😊
Especially today these words hold so much importance to me…’The leaf that falls will one day, become the tree that gave birth to it, just as the tree that remains knows the life it brought forth will return one day to transform it.’ You Afshan are a highly gifted human with such valuable piece of outlook in life that is both beautiful and meaningful. May you continue to spread these pearls of wisdom and beauty… love you my creative friend.
Beautiful prose. Autumn is always a favorite for me. Your words brought out the deeper meaning of why this is. 🧡
A beautiful comparison of life. It definitely is a beautiful season and makes a person wonder the beauty and miracles of Allah. Looking forward to your next beautifully written article . 💕
A beautiful perspective, so beautifully written. Thanks 💕
Kousar P. Shaikh says