I like to imagine what gems of wisdom are tucked away in the folds of the natural world. If we were to have a conversation with a pumpkin, for instance, what positive messages might it convey to us? These are the kinds of questions that activate imagination, which happens to be one of the gems tucked away in us, and that’s something that makes living a life of meaning (which can sometimes be all too serious) a whole lot more lighthearted. Today, let’s imagine…
“This strangely still pause between summer and autumn, greenery and gold, and the heat and rising wind that is once again readying itself to rush it all away in a climatic symphony of color and scent is—in my opinion—one of the best parts about living on earth.” — Victoria Erickson
There is a time for every season, and a season to match every stage of life we walk through. In the journey, we’re often walking so fast that we don’t save any time to honor the season we’re standing in. We often keep such a serious face on, making sure we’re protected and stable and certainly not willing to change our beliefs. (To do otherwise would seem unstable, wouldn’t it? Or would it actually be courageous freedom?)
It takes a bit of bravery to allow a new idea the space to settle in, even if we’re just entertaining the idea and aren’t interested in adopting it. A certain element of courage is necessary if an opening of the heart is going to happen. That’s what these positive messages are really about: lightening up, opening up to another way of seeing things.
After all, who has ever heard a pumpkin passing along words of wisdom to the passerby? This is where imagination comes in, and this is how a lighthearted approach can find something beautiful to see wherever it goes. Even the unspoken messages kept by Mother Nature are guides to the one who is willing to see deeper into the soul of all things.
A little whimsy, sometimes, can help us hear the truth without being hardened by the journey toward it.I'm so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers. — Anne of Green Gables Click To Tweet
7 Positive Messages from a Pumpkin
1. Don’t be afraid to stand out.
Sure, we are all pumpkins in the patch, but don’t be afraid to express yourself to the fullest. Let the world know how brightly you can shine, how true to your “shape” you can be. Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, all shades and designs, and each one of them is a pumpkin that’s meant to be here (otherwise it wouldn’t be here). There is a home for every pumpkin under the golden autumn sun.
Embrace what you are; pumpkins don’t know how to be anything other than what they are.
2. Embrace all the shades and shapes of truth.
When we think of a pumpkin, we’re met with shades of orange and well-rounded features, but we recognize a pumpkin as a pumpkin even if it’s green, white, striped, flattened, covered in dirt or carved: we know the truth when we’re in its presence.
The truth is always THE truth, yet at the same time the truth doesn’t always look or sound the same; it feels the same. The feeling of truth is what we’re all seeking. The paths we take to get there might vary, and they’ll look different in comparison to another’s path, but there are many roads to the same land.
A little compassion over comparison and we’ll recognize that the things that make us stand apart don’t keep us apart from our true, shared nature.I never met a pumpkin I didn't like. Click To Tweet
3. Remember the vine that connects you.
This vine you grew from connects you to all your brothers and sisters. Some of those relatives are closer to you than others, but all are ultimately made of the same stuff you are.
And remember that though you may leave home someday, the vine you’ve been plucked from will remain a part of you, and you will carry your piece with you when you go.
4. Savor the season you’re in.
This season shall pass like all the others, but it will come back around again. While you’re here, grow as much as you can and soak in as much sunshine as the day allows. Get the nourishment you need here from this place, knowing that tomorrow you could be somewhere totally new.
No matter how busy you get growing and looking around at all the other pumpkins, remember to save some time to just sit and watch the leaves turn. It’s a beautiful season you’re in, after all.Just stopping to watch the leaves turn and fall is a kind of #gratitude. Click To Tweet
5. Be well rounded.
Allow yourself to live life as fully and vibrantly as possible without getting too caught up in the extremes. Savor the sweetness of life, and remember that a little spice is sometimes necessary. Know when it’s time to sit peacefully and when it’s time to leave the patch that’s comfortable.
A well-rounded lifestyle encourages you to feel the edges of both extremes, so that you can find yourself growing in the rhythm of harmony, in all the in-between places. Sitting with Mother Nature, and matching your own expansion with the subtle changes of energy around you, is a wonderful feeling: you will grow if you listen to her whispers.
6. You carry many seeds of potential.
There are seeds within you, all equipped with the gift of something new. You might use your gifts to bring new life to the world, and you might use them to nourish the ones around you. Each seed communicates the continuation of life through change, water, and sunshine: we all need change, water, and sunshine to grow, and to bring something new into the world.If nothing ever changed, there would be no #pumpkins. Click To Tweet
7. Don’t let a little dirt make you forget who you are.
Whether you’re washed clean or you’ve been buried in a little dirt, the light shines on you just the same. Even if someone tries to make you into something else, calling you a new name, just remember that you’re still a pumpkin no matter what. You’re whole and worthy as you are now, and you’re just as whole and worthy as you morph into various shades and shapes throughout your lifetime.
Once a pumpkin, always a pumpkin.
- Which of these messages most resonates with where you’re at in the journey right now?
- Think of one change you’ve recently gone through, or are currently going through: How have you grown, and how can you grow? How can you stay true to what you are, while allowing yourself to expand?
Please share your own positive messages and anything whimsical yet truthful you’d add to this list, what you love about the shifting seasons, how you’re inspired by nature, and what’s inspiring you today with me in the comments.
Pass along the wisdom of a pumpkin with someone who’d understand; share this post with them, because maybe it’ll make them smile.
Make sure you make some space to just sit and watch the pumpkins grow.