Saturday, September 26, 2009
Our first dreary autumn day arrived today. In some ways it does feel sad - the excitement of summer is gone. Ok, what excitement? As a "grown-up" much of my day is spent working, no matter what the season or weather. As a homeowner, yard and house maintenance often fill the weekends. And sometimes, a lack of excitement would be very much appreciated!
And who says there will not be new and different fall excitement? Although it is the prelude to winter, autumn is one of my favorite times of year. I enjoy the crisp cool nights, and cuddle climate. The colors of the changing leaves and fall blooms are still warming to the soul. The harvest is well on the way and the fresh seasonal, local foods are still diverse. There are still (and always will be) opportunities to get together with friends; to try something new, and to do what I enjoy doing this time of year- weekend walks in the park, catch a couple of high school football games. It's not too cold yet to put on a cozy pair of jeans and comfy sweater and have a nice hot cup of something while sitting on the stoop or in the yard. Might even take a little trip. And Halloween is coming. I LOVE Halloween!
There is still plenty to do at work, events to attend, and stuff to get done around the house. The feeling of sadness may very well just be the recognition of another year will soon be gone. We get a limited number of those in this life you know? And I continue to work on some of the same old stuff...some good, some not so good. There are a few things I wanted to accomplish, but haven't YET. Maybe I will, maybe not until much later. None of it is so important that I must stop doing what I know is good for me (rest, eat right, exercise) and make that happen (painting walls, hold a yard sale, move furniture around). Now I must think of how to add those things in a way that is good for me and help me continue on my road to a continued good life. I also realize, if they don't get done I still have a pretty darn good life!!
So, I must continue to Embrace Autumn! Take some walks, pick some more apples, keep hitting the farmer's markets, finish the yard work, go to work, help others,and keep living daily so that when I lay down at the end of the day I feel good about the things in my head and heart.