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November Challenge: What Changing Seasons Can Teach Us

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"The seasons change their manners, as the year had found some months asleep and leapt them over." - William Shakespeare.

Personally, it's always been a fascinating experience watching the surrounding landscapes change as each season passes. And I've always been grateful to be privy to these transformations.

There's something about the natural world that is so inspiring and serene.

But beyond just the beauty of it all, the changing seasons teach me some important lessons about life.

I arrived in Boston from Thailand in early August 1972 to begin my college education. The Fall of 1972 was the first time in my life to experience the season change. During my thirteen years living in New England, I've had a revelation that reshaped my viewpoint on falling autumn leaves.

I was taught that a tree sacrifices leaves and sheds them so the trunk can stay alive. And while that's true from a technical standpoint, it isn't easy to see the metaphor behind it.

A tree spends many months growing new leaves to support budding flowers. And only for those beautiful flowers and leaves to cascade down to the earth.

I learned the importance of "letting go" of autumn trees. But, unfortunately, I sometimes — am guilty of wanting to hold on to what I've invested in, whether that be time, money, energy, or that special "someone" who has occupied a space in my heart.  

I sometimes do this because I am afraid of change or what the future holds.

I know that if I don't let go of these things eventually, they'll only bring me down. I understand that shedding is not only a natural but necessary process for trees (and all plants!) to undergo.

It allows them to rest and rejuvenate so they can return more robust than before.

The changing seasons also teach me about impermanence. I have experienced multiple seasons throughout my adult life. And each season provides clues for a tribute to my intuitive nature.

When I face seasons of difficulty, I know they aren't everlasting. Almost everything I believe, see, touch, feel, and my being here on this earth is temporary. 

The world continues to spin, and the seasons keep changing whether or not we're ready. We all grow buds and flowers in our lives, only to eventually shed them.

But the shedding is not the same as giving up. I believe changing seasons permit us to honor the entirety of ourselves — the light and the dark. The beautiful and the ugly. And it's okay to shed what's not working anymore so we can progress.

Humans are not meant to go through life alone. Like trees need sunlight and water to grow, humans need human connection to thrive.

Changing seasons continue to offer valuable lessons and wisdom about why we should embrace change, for which I am grateful. 

"Listen to your intuition and be open to change. After all, change is the only constant in life."  — Aura Alex.

This is an entry to the November Challenge hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS. Thank you!

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I have wandered from a vibrant corner of the world, Thailand, to the bustling city of Boston. And again, to the tranquil beauty of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. 

I have found my place!

After a fulfilling career spanning 16 years in the corporate world and 22 years in real estate, I have entered a new chapter of life---retirement. As a proud grandmother, I cherish every moment with my precious family. In the remaining hours, I am ready to pursue my lifelong passion for writing!

I invite you to follow my new journey via my heart and soul into a book brimming with uplifting tales, ready to inspire anyone who seeks a glimpse of true inspiration.

Aura Alex


Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I really do like things to stay the same, but there are times for a change.  We are off to start a new part of our life in a new state.  It is exciting.  What is my least favorite change in life?  The need to buy a bigger belt!  Ha!

Nov 04, 2022 05:13 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Good for you!! Will you be in before Christmas or after the first of the year? It always seems to be good to move in November or December..less moving going on so can actually snag a mover!

Nov 04, 2022 08:30 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Where are you moving Ray Henson ..I should probably know because you have probably blogged about it but I'm going to claim its a "senior moment"

Nov 04, 2022 06:36 AM
Ray Henson

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX.  We are moving to Goodyear, AZ.  We have been planing this for quite some time and it looks like all of the pieces are finally coming together.  I have not been real vocal about the move so you can still consider yourself, sharp as a tack! ! !😃

Nov 04, 2022 07:29 AM
Ray Henson

We will be there by the start of December, Dorie Dillard Austin TX.  At least, that is the plan.

Suspenders work better, Aura Alex.

We will start packing tomorrow.  Like my sons said when they were little and we were in Mexico, just don't look the salespeople in the eye.  🤣  My kids learned early.  Thank you for the tip and the nice salutation. 

Nov 04, 2022 04:44 PM
Aura Alex

Hi, Ray Henson. What's wrong with the suspender I sent to you?

Are you all packed for the Thailand trip? If you run into some pushy salespeople trying to sell you something, say "Pood Thai Mai Dai" (me no speak Thai), this way, you politely tell them to "get lost." Saying NO may not work well with locals. Have fun!  ✈️

Nov 04, 2022 12:48 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

In my area, it seems that we mainly have summer or spring and thankfully the winter is not very harsh and is short-lived, haha.

Nov 04, 2022 05:14 AM
Brian England

It's a dry heat though Aura Alex and I am very much accustomed to it, I prefer it being hot to being cold.

Nov 04, 2022 01:05 PM
Aura Alex

Brian England: Why do you think many people want to retire and live in AZ? Too hot for me, though, and I prefer cool sea breeze over air condition. Years ago, my car overheated in Phoenix, AZ, at 9:00 am, and the temperature was around 112 degrees! I do love Flagstaff and the visit to the Grand Canyon and have a good memory about AZ. 

Nov 04, 2022 12:56 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

As always, Aura... a very thoughtful and insightful post. I agree that shedding is not the same as giving up. One reason we chose Charlotte to retire to in 1998 was because it has four seasons... I've lived in places without seasons and always found it somewhat discombobulating.

Nov 04, 2022 05:18 AM
Aura Alex

My husband is a golf junkie and loved playing golf at Pinehurst, NC. I have little or no interest in golf, so it was a treat when he and his four buddies took off to play golf at different NC, SC, FL, and NJ clubs.

I know what you mean about being discombobulating without four seasons. Each season has a different meaning, beauty, and sentiment I adore. Being near water has been a thing for me, and I would be discombobulating not to be near or have quick access to water. 

Nov 04, 2022 01:10 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Aura,

Love your inspiring entry into the November Challenge. Wonderful analogy and your very own quote is priceless "Listen to your intuition and be open to change. After all, change is the only constant in life."  — Aura Alex.

Nov 04, 2022 06:35 AM
Aura Alex

As always, I appreciate your frequent visit and thoughtful comments. Thank you, Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Nov 04, 2022 01:12 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Aura Alex, living in California, especially the area I live, we do not experience drastic seasonal changes, yet they are there.  Indeed there is a lot we can learn from nature. I've learned to listen to my gut and embrace"change" even if/when I am not ready! 

Nov 04, 2022 08:36 AM
Aura Alex

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist: I recognize your inner strength to embrace change and fight for something you cherish and value, your precious life against cancer.

Nothing much matters once you have conquered your quest for such a battle you fought, dear Kathleen! 

Nov 04, 2022 01:18 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Aura I'm with you on the importance of change and I for one love change!  Some folks like the same things over and over, and I do when it comes to some things, but I'm so up for new ideas/thoughts, fresh air, seasons, whatever.  I also agree there are times when we need,for many reasons, to let things go, whether it's a relationship, dream, whatever. Thankfully we're both older and wiser and we've got this!  So far anyway!

Nov 04, 2022 04:21 PM
Aura Alex

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker: I believe part of the difficulty to change was my reluctance to "let go" of a relationship I  had expected to last a lifetime. Then I learned that life on this earth is temporary. And only then was I able to "change" my thought and embrace new learning. 

Nov 04, 2022 08:17 PM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660


Forgive me for always being late to your party, but my excuse happens to be fortuitous to your post.    I returned from a week in New York where I thoroughly enjoyed the changing autumn colors and the cool crisp air.   It was absolutely gorgeous.

Change is a funky thing for many people.   I tend to think progressively, but change is mixed bag.   Good and bad.  Light and dark.   Beautiful and ugly.   These are truisms that can be difficult to accept, especially the temporal nature of things, but accepting them we must.   

One reason your post resonates with me in your recognition that we need to embrace the entirety of ourselves.   

Another reason, I so enjoy your honesty and learning about your life.  

Nov 04, 2022 07:41 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Brian L. Sirota, Esq. 

Ah... New York was one of my favorite destinations while living in Boston. Yes, the fall foliage, the cool crisp air, and the memory are returning to me now. 

It feels as if my entire life has been about changing, accepting, letting go, learning and learning. The most challenging part, though, has been faithful to me and be willing to "change" for me and me alone. Not because someone asks or offers advice to change when I need to be left alone, and especially when that someone has never experienced my "world."

I enjoy your presence here and our discussions from day one! BTW: I had put "pending" your comment and not "no show" on this post, so your asking for forgiveness for being late to the party is moot! LOL!!

Nov 04, 2022 08:47 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I might like to extend this past November just for the challenge. I like a challenge. We will see.

Nov 04, 2022 10:34 PM
Aura Alex

I look forward to reading your Challenge, Laura Cerrano

Nov 06, 2022 03:15 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Yes change is the only constant in life.  Well done and glad you came to America. Thank you for sharing your experience and the analogy was very appropriate.

Nov 05, 2022 06:30 AM
Aura Alex

Thank you, Leanne Smith. I'm glad to come to America too. I often wonder what my life would be like had I not come here. 

Nov 06, 2022 03:16 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Aura, 

Your season photos are such a powerful and beautiful capture! I love it. I enjoyed reading your post. 

Nov 05, 2022 06:39 AM
Aura Alex

Hello, Steffy Hristova. Thank you for your read and comment. I am flattered each time my post brings new readers to the comment section. 

Nov 06, 2022 03:18 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Good morning Aura Alex 
You've done it again and hit it out of the ballpark. Whether we like it or not, change is going to happen. That's why we need to enjoy and embrace EVERY season... even the rejuvenation period.  It's how nature was designed and how life is meant to be lived.

Thanks for yet another thought-provoking post!

Nov 05, 2022 07:51 AM
Aura Alex

Carol Williams, thank you for your continued support. We had a bad wind storm, and downed trees were all over the place. We lost power for a whole day yesterday (Sat), and I am catching up now. I Hope Central WA is doing OK. 

I may have time for one more Challenge Post and hope to see yours, my dear!

Nov 06, 2022 03:22 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Nature can teach us so much, if only we would listen.  I like the philosophical thought put into this post, Aura.  This morning, I took an orange off my tree.  When I sliced it in half I noted the rind was very very thin. I see it as a sign that Sacramento will likely have another drought year, although we having some this week.

Nov 05, 2022 01:03 PM
Aura Alex

Myrl Jeffcoat, we don't have much drought in Western WA, but we are concerned about mudslides and floods due to too much rain. 

We need trees and more trees wherever it is. 

Thank you for the recognition of my post for the feature.

Nov 06, 2022 03:27 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Aura, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 05, 2022 01:04 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Another fabulous, thoughtful post, Aura! Yes, indeed, the ONLY constant is change and like Brian L. Sirota, Esq., I do embrace it.

While some things are best 'unchanged,' others improve, and sometimes dramatically so, with change. 

Love your analogy and your entry in this month's challenge! Thank you!

Nov 06, 2022 09:50 AM
Aura Alex

It's a Great Challenge, Debe Maxwell, CRS. Thank you for hosting this important challenge during the season of "sharing." Sharing is Giving! 😍

Nov 07, 2022 12:48 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

What a beautiful entry in this months challenge. I love the change of the Fall season and love your   description of change. You are a gifted writer and I appreciate how you so willingly share.

Nov 07, 2022 05:22 AM
Aura Alex

You took your time to read, comment, and support my post. I appreciate that very much, Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400.

Have a productive week. Thank you.

Nov 07, 2022 08:23 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

After my divorce I had met a European lady who I thought was lovely and could be the next step in my journey. We visited together several times and suddenly things shifted. I felt she was no longer interested, and i was trying to hold a large air balloon on the ground. I realized I needed to let go so that she could fly and I could continue my journey even if it was not in the direction I had thought. Letting go allowed me to meet my wife to be in thirteen days. So I loved your post.

Nov 07, 2022 09:01 AM
Aura Alex

Hello, Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543. Letting go is never easy. Some people come into our path; some will stay, and some will pass.  

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. All the best to you and your soon-to-be wife. How wonderful, it's like growing new leaves, Nick. Nurturing the relationship is the focus now during these life-changing days, and I wish you all the best!!! 💕

Nov 07, 2022 12:55 PM
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Chantilly, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

"Listen to your intuition and be open to change. After all, change is the only constant in life." I agree 💯% 

Nov 08, 2022 03:01 AM
Aura Alex

Hello, Ritu Desai 703-625-4949; thank you for your read and comment. I am thrilled to meet you through my post. Enjoy your day. 😊

Nov 08, 2022 09:07 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Aura - shedding like the trees is necessary.  At the time is happens it may be difficult but then we have to let go and move on.

Nov 09, 2022 10:40 AM
Aura Alex

Grant Schneider, yes, indeed, shedding is necessary. I have learned to let go some of unrealistic clients and it's exhausting to sustain the relationship that would never work!

Nov 09, 2022 10:04 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Aura, for sharing your observations and your advice.

Nov 10, 2022 03:30 AM