Yep. The plants featured in the picture above are Poison Ivy. When I saw their red and orange leaves this morning I made a mental note that I can now work on the landscaping in my yard.
I didn’t do much work on my yard in the spring and summer because of the Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac I have in the yard. Those plants are so good at blending in—especially Poison Ivy and Poison Oak—that I didn’t want to take the chance of accidentally touching them. I am quite allergic and I am all too familiar with the weeks of pain and discomfort I’d suffer by coming in contact, even briefly, with these plants.
When the fall comes around, it’s a different story!
The plants turn pretty shades of red, orange, and yellow and are quite easy to see. I know now that, while I still have to be watchful, I can work in my yard in safety.
This got me thinking about seasons and how they can help with the challenges we face from time-to-time.
When obstacles pop up, we work hard to solve them and get them off our plates as soon as possible. It doesn’t always work out that way, though. Sometimes we need more information or we need to strengthen our skills. Sometimes we need to be creative and come at it from a different angle.
Sometimes, though, we need to let it sit.
We may need to step away from the problem and let other things fall into place. For instance, the business climate may need to change in order for our idea to take off, or we may not have met all the people who we’ll need on our support team.
Perhaps, those challenges that you’re still dealing with, their right season hasn’t come yet.
Your homework today is to make a note of the problems you’re handling that seem impervious to the many things you’ve tried. Perhaps their season isn’t here yet. With a little time, you may find events, people, and resources lining up perfectly making it a snap to solve the problem!
Perhaps put these problems to the side and let their season come.
Also, as you’re reviewing and noting the stubborn problems, notice the things that are falling into place and the progress you are making. This is all good stuff!
Then, as always, make sure you applaud yourself and celebrate! This is all good stuff—no matter how small or humble the progress. It all counts and it all adds up!
You did it! I knew you would!
I’m so proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,