Shedding Leaves

CNV00137I watched orange-brown leaves drift to the ground and felt I understood how that luscious tree-turning-dead-pole-with-twigs felt. I had also been shedding. Not leaves, but responsibilities.

Just as there are seasons in nature, there are seasons in life. In recent months I’ve been reminded how swiftly those seasons can change. So often we get caught up in doing that we can believe our activities are a measure of our worth. Slowly but surely I’ve recognised that there are times when we have to shed some ‘important’ things from our schedule to get through a change in season.

Something I’d never quite aligned with shedding until now was survival. Trees shed leaves so they can invest energy into the hidden processes that help them endure long, cold winters and, get this, prepare them for rapid growth when the winter passes. Leaves need to go because sustaining them diverts resources away from making that transition for surviving until spring. And this is where that connection between me and the deciduous tree hit.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I struggle to drop duties or scale back involvement in organisations etc, but I recognise that when winter hits suddenly, a ‘shed’ is essential for self-preservation. Too often we judge people’s value on what they are doing, or can do but don’t. Perhaps they’re just in the middle of a long winter.

Deciduous trees are also a strong reminder that every season has a beginning and an end. Even though trees ‘scale back’ on leaves for the winter, they also know spring will come again and when it does, they are ready to burst forth new leaves and actively expand their canopy once more.

Maybe you’re also facing a season where it feels like you’ve had to cast off leaves by the bagful. Don’t feel guilty or think this is a reflection of your value or capacity. Often leaf shedding is plain ol’ wisdom. But one thing we must remember is to also anticipate spring, and when it comes, allow our lives to continue expanding into new things.

Avoiding Write Pains

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARecently my fun physio friend and writing associate, Pamela Heemskerk, and I teamed up to do a series of guest blogs for the ACW blogspot. And what better topic than pain?

Before you run and hide, the point is actually PREVENTING pain by developing positive habits to prevent repetitive strain injuries to muscles and joints. For writers these types of injuries can put a swift cap on the ol’ word count capacity. And wouldn’t it be a shame if we couldn’t share our deliciously creative word-slurries with the world? But this isn’t just a writer’s thing. We all spend enormous quantities of time using technological devices and no one is immune to muscle and joint strain.

In case you missed out on this series, I’ve added the links below. Click on over to discover some helpful ways to minimise your writing pain and maintain word count gains. 🙂


Part 1 – Pre-POSTURE-ous Perils of Ineffective Ergonomics

Part 2 – I NEED to move it, move it!

Part 3 – The ‘Eyes’ Have It

Part 4 – Your Ergonomic Writes for Headache-free Adventures