Fall is the season for reflection, a time to look back and think deeply. It’s a time for slowness and contemplation, time to breathe deeply and take it all in.
But fall is also the time to reap what’s been sown over the year, and years. It’s a season of enduring conquerors and deep passion. It’s full of saturation and chance. It has a quiet excitement about it that makes it the perfect time to fully face whatever cliff of life you’re toeing, and jump.
The fall issue of Magnolia Journal is beautiful, as we’ve all come to expect from Joanna and her team, but what really struck me this issue was its theme:
You have been made ready.
> Whatever tomorrow may hold, here’s what I’m believing to be true: We are made ready.
> All that’s been planted and has grown quietly in us over the years, months, or even days, has made us capable and equipped to go for the things the matter the most.
> -Joanna Gaines
I cannot express how profoundly that speaks to me.
Isn’t it a given that whenever you think your life has found its rhythm, a new beat enters the music-scape and you’re left struggling to find the right steps for you?
That’s the way it’s been for me. Whether it was the unexpected trauma of being on my own for the first time, or the heartache of painfully broken relationships, or fumbling through those first few shocking months of motherhood, or quitting a beloved and well-trod career, or…the list continues in various shades and depths for each of us.
And it’s easy to feel, when standing on the edge of any life-altering precipice, that we aren’t ready. That we can’t do it. That we don’t have what it takes.
But we do.
> I believe that each of us, in every circumstance, has what it takes — that built within the construction of who we are is whatever that moment in time requires.
> -Joanna Gaines
I love the double entendre presented by the phrase “made ready.” Because on the one hand, it evokes the idea that from the beginning of our existence, we had everything we needed to get us through what life would inevitably hand us. And on the other, it empowers us with the knowledge that each step—with difficulty or grace—we’ve taken since that beginning has armed us even further.
So, whatever it is that’s staring you down as the summer comes to a quiet close and opens the door to the abundant possibilities of fall, know that you’re ready. Now, and always—because you have been made that way.