It's rainy and chilly on the west coast of Canada this week. The world is righting itself as concerns of drought are being put to rest by Mother Nature herself. The reservoirs are refilled by her rains. Yet the talk around the water cooler is not of rejuvenation and restoration but of loss. The mourning of summer's moving on, has begun. Here in Vancouver we have a funny relationship with fall. We adore the crisp air and the brilliant fiery colors in the leaves but we fear the inevitable melancholy that comes with overcast skies. It is a nod to the challenge we as a race face with impermanence. It is not always easy to let go of what is.
The only certainty in life is change. One of the hardest truths. I know I just want to settle into a state of being or a station in life for a decade or two. However, this impermanence we face is also a blessing. It means our pain cannot continue uninterrupted. We will shift and change with time, as will our perceptions of that pain. We can practice what the Buddhists call "beginners mind". We can awake with fresh eyes each morning and greet each day as a brand new experience...because it is. When we treat life with curiosity, we open ourselves up to experience ourselves without our limited beliefs and ideas of who we are.
Surprising things can happen.
At age five or fifty we can still be charmingly startled by self.
What a wonderful thing.
I am thinking of all you #Royals this weekend. You are being send a wealth of support and love.
Know that you are cared for and that you belong.
And of course, never forget your birthright, for you are nobly born.