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          October, 2016

Quote of the month  

 " If you ask what 
is the single 
most important key to longevity, 
I would have 
to say it is 
avoiding worry, stress and 
And if you 
didn't ask me, 
I'd still have to 
say it." 

by George Burns, an American comedian, actor, singer and 
writer who lived 
to be 100 years old 
and made the most 
of the "Autumn" of 
his life.

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Masters Degree - Applied Psychology from Seton Hall University


Post-Masters Degree-Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall University


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Private Practice 

since 2008


Married 27 years


Mother of 2 young adult daughters 


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With this month's newsletter I thought I would remind my readers of all the beauty there is in this world, especially in the fall.  This season is about transition, change and the celebration of colors.  Each leaf contributes to the overall beauty of a tree and the tree would not be as beautiful if even one leaf were missing.  Read below, some reflections of the fall and things to keep in mind through each day of this season of beauty.

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Maryellen Dabal, MA, LMFT
305 Miron Drive 
Southlake, TX 76092
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From The Positive Perspective......

Dictionary.com defines autumn as a time of full maturity.  Merriam Webster defines autumn as the season between summer and winter in the Northern Hemisphere and also states it as the later part of someone's life or existence.  When you think of maturity or "later part of life" what comes to mind?  Do you think of something negative or positive?  From the positive perspective, the fall represents a maturity of, and preparation for, the closing of this calendar year. Leaves change color because the chlorophyll which has kept young leaves green begins to break down, bringing forth this array of color that is unmatched in any other season of the year.   The maturity of the leaf exposes beautiful color which has been kept inside all year.  

Fall is a time to reflect on what we have accomplished this year and also leaves us some time to have more accomplishments if we feel we have not been as successful as we had hoped.  Fall represents a time to celebrate, color by color, accomplishment by accomplishment, what good fortune has been bestowed upon us this year.  The maturity of the orange leaves of the fall could represent celebration of good health this year.  The mature red leaves could represent success spiritually this year.  The yellow leaves could represent financial independence achieved this year.  

Here in Texas, we do not see too much of a fall leaf color change, but my memories of growing up in New Jersey are filled with celebrations around the leaves falling from the trees, the inspiring colors of fall and the anticipation of what comes next.  I encourage you to seek fall foliage when you can, either online or in person if possible.  Arkansas has some wonderful colors in October. 

If we are approaching the "fall" in our lives, do we see the beautiful colors in ourselves that may have been hidden in prior seasons of our existence?  Do we celebrate the yellow, orange and red that is who we are today?  There is no going back to the past, but how about looking at today, our "fall", and loving who we are and celebrate the uniqueness of our own tree of colors.  If we combine our individual colors with our family colors or neighborhood colors or city colors, imagine how beautiful this world would be?

Thank you for looking at all of my newsletter topics ..... From The Positive Perspective. 
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I wish you well...