For me, fall signals the beginning of the new year. When I was a little kid, it was the return to school, which meant new friends, new classes, new teachers…but for me, especially, a brand new notebook.
The fresh pages beckoned, awaiting the baptism of ink, streaming from my pen. I am an office supplies addict. I could roam around an office supply store quite happily for hours, comparing pens and paper clips. Anyone one else sufferÂ from this same addiction?
As a native Iowan, I also view fall as a new year because of dormancy, of all things. It is in autumn that the massive combines crawl through the fields, churning within them the fruits of the season, leaving a shorn path of stalks and stubble in their wake.
After the crops are in, the farmers take their tractors and disc under the dead plants, working them into the topsoil where they will decompose and provide the fuel for next spring’s growth.
Renewal and death: / duality, paradox / within the seed head. ~ Molly Cantrell-Kraig
Much like the crops, within each of us lies the source of our growth, renewal and replication. I say replication,Â because when any of us grows to his or her full potential, others are affected in a positive way and our efforts are magnified and expanded. We inspire others to greatness.
A quote, paraphrased, says that “leaders do not create followers; they create more leaders.”Â
How many leaders are you creating?
How much independence are you sowing?
What in your life has to dieÂ so that you can grow and thrive?
These are all thoughts that will take you in new directions. Where would you like to be next spring? In this upcoming season of dormancyÂ see where your new life can lead.
Molly Cantrell-Kraig is a woman with drive. Possessing an innate sense of purpose and a pragmatic, solution-based approach to empowering people, she fused these two traits in order to establishÂ Women With Drive Foundation. Based upon its founder’s personal history, Women With Drive Foundation is a means through which Cantrell-Kraig may effect change on both a micro and macro level. By providing women with something as essential as personal transportation in order to transition them from poverty to prosperity, she, through Women With Drive Foundation, seeks to empower women to help them help themselves. Through this action, the individual applicant benefits, as does society as a whole. Follow Molly on twitter asÂ @mckra1g orÂ @WWDr1ve (Women With Drive Foundation) or “Like” them onÂ facebook.