letting go

Each fall, I watch as the weather cools off and the ground becomes littered with yellows, browns, oranges and reds. The trees shed their leaves and turn their attention inward, gathering the energy released by the decomposing leaves and transforming it into the new beginnings of spring.

Just as the trees must release their old leaves to make room for new ones, we must let go of things in our lives that no longer serve us, especially our fears, in order to make room for new possibilities. It can be a difficult process, though. Even when I know my fears are not serving me, I wrap myself in them like a cozy, old sweater because I have grown comfortable with them.

When I don’t know where to start, I pick one fear and name it. By starting with just one fear and giving it a name, I make it into something more manageable – something I can release, taking the bits of knowledge about myself that I find within it and transforming them into something new. Just as trees lose one leaf at a time, we can choose one fear at a time and let go of it. 

What are you letting go of this fall? How are you making space for the new leaves that will appear in your life next spring?

Gennifer Carragher was raised on the beach, grew up in the woods and now spends her days capturing the magic of these places with her camera and sharing her photo adventures on her blog. If you love fall as much as she does, consider joining her in Embracing Fall, her newest e-course.


  1. says

    I love that first picture. Everyday beauty… So true about the fears. Sometimes I feel like I have to shake my whole tree down RiGHT NOW! But one leaf at a time gets there too.

  2. says

    lovely images to go with such a wonderfully thoughtful post. You've made me really think about the aspect of letting go of things in our lives such as fears. I need time to ponder that one but thank you for the nudge.

  3. Kate says

    Your photos are so beautiful! Your words are even more inspirational. Thanks for the reminder that it's okay to let go of our fears.

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