Reflecting on some of your favourite things ahead of time and planning to have these with you as time gets closer for you to pass could provide comfort for you. Through extension loved ones have something to keep when your physical presence is no longer with us. Your people may learn something about you in the process.
The holiday season is filled with emotions. Looking at your relationships, are you content or do you have some regret? Expressing these emotions can help you be ready to move on. You have been significant in many lives even if it was a smile on someone's bad day; even if someone learned from a bad decision you made.
With fall, we are reminded of change and transition. As our bodies change with age or disease we can experience grief as we lose places we used to go, things we used to do easily, seeing people. As we transition into this different way of life it may help to recognize it as grief and talk about it with a good listener.
Isn't it wondrous that sunflowers follow the direction of the sun throughout the day!
No matter what is going on for you right now, I hope you move your attention to be present in your moments right now and enjoy the simple things.
I'd like to encourage collective commitment to truth and reconciliation, be real in our communities. I recognize the place we live, Thunder Bay, is in Robinson-Superior Treaty territory of 1850. The land on which we gather is the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation and territory of the Anishnaabeg.
Tree Rings Logo was created and gifted to me by my very good friend, Carrie Mishibinijima.