Living the Seasons by Monica Williams-Murphy MD

Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 03:18

About Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy (120 Posts)

Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician, who practices in one of the largest emergency departments in the United States at Huntsville Hospital. Through her writing and speaking, she is devoted to transforming the end of life into a time of peace, closure and healing. Media Page

“To every thing there is a season…”


I am highly tied to the earth. Living purposefully on a lonesome mountain (more like a hill), I almost feel like a participant in the season’s changes.

Within the cycles of nature I also witness the cycles of humanity, even the cycles of our personal lives. Trees change their shrouds just as time traces itself upon our faces and the hairs of our heads. Imagining winter, just like imagining my own demise, gives me a breathless appreciation for the present- for the deepening red of the leaf and for the smell of my child’s curly hair. Viewing the natural world and viewing our own lives with the end in mind awakens a deep reverence for the very act of living itself, and the opportunity to do so.

I have found that when we are not observant of the cycles of nature and the natural cycles of the human life, we become unseated at some deep level. Something feels awry.

Once I saw an old man, in the deep winter of his life. Despite his physical appearance- that of old, dead wood- he was receiving aggressive chemotherapy in desperate attempts to recover just a little bit of spring, a touch of summer, or at least a smidge of late fall. I grieved for him. Something was awry.

We cannot supplant the seasons and love them at the same time. We must learn to love and respect the seasons of our lives and to be one with them- only then can we know of their gifts.

Monica Williams-Murphy, MD


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6 thoughts on “Living the Seasons by Monica Williams-Murphy MD

  1. Rea

    Soul Song.

    Beautiful leaves.
    Life that implies death.
    Deciding to embrace it – and one’s Self – rather than run from it.

    The beauty of the season and the pain of loss are almost indistinguishable. This is one reason why autumn so deeply affects us. Few people can understand and tolerate the simultaneous rise of emotional opposites. Joy of life / sadness of death all flowing together — nature’s joy and beauty — till we burst into tears of grief. All at the same time. It is so. It is not gentle on the soul.

    Nature ever reminds us to reach deeply Inside, to understand it and ourselves, to grow.

    In every meeting is also a parting. In every joy is also a sorrow. In every love also a loss.

    If we miss the duality and complexity of emotions, we miss what it means to live life fully and heal effectively. Life is profoundly multi-dimensional…if only we have the courage to look.

    Every beginning implies an ending — just as every ending implies a transformation and a new beginning.

    Strength and growth of the Autumn Survivor…

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