Sometimes it seems like the more effort we put into letting things go, the more we look around and discover there’s still a lot to be done. When clutter gets cleared away, another heap of it turns up somewhere; and when those dusty old mental storerooms full of sad memories and wrong assumptions get a good sorting and sweeping, there are plenty more to be found. After a while, it starts to feel like too much effort and a never-ending chore.

That generally means it’s time to stop pushing and simply be present in the moment. We can learn a lot from nature in that regard, especially this time of year. When the trees let go of their bright autumn leaves, they don’t have to make any effort. Cool winds blow through the branches, and the leaves just fall naturally. Sometimes, as autumn shows us, letting things go doesn’t have to be hard.

Word-art that says "Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go."

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. Hi Meg, yes Autumn is the perfect season for letting go. I agree that our mind is always trying to fill up any empty space. The best is be here and now, mindfulness!

  2. Words with a great deal of meaning, Meg. Yes, we are always hanging on to mental stuff. A good cleaning can hekp bring brighter and positive days for us. I’m trying to do that now in the midst of the chaos all around me. It’s going slow but its happening day by day. the clear blue skies and sunny days will engulf my life once again.
    GREAT Nurturing Thursday ….
    Isadora ?

  3. Autumn is my favorite time of year — as things are released — it gives me hope! Thank you for adding to Nurturing Thursday!

  4. Thanks, Meg, for visiting my blog and leading me back to yours! I love this. I always seem to have too much clutter — both physical and mental — but I’m constantly trying to declutter! Thinking about autumn and really experiencing it again after nearly 30 years of living in areas of hot and hotter, it has awakened me again to the beauty of the seasons and their purposes. Mother Nature wins again! 😉

  5. It is so true that when we work on letting something go, a new heap immediately appears elsewhere. I am in the middle of this…both materially and spiritually.

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