Autumn is calling


The last day of September has come and gone and Fall is in full swing. We've enjoyed our first campfire, the windows have had to be closed at night, I've remembered to take a sweater with me when I head to town, I've enjoyed my first pumpkin spice coffee and hung my first fall decoration.

“I am such an autumn person. Give me a quiet, cozy spot with a simple view of gorgeous trees with colorful leaves on a crisp fall day, fuzzy socks, a warm drink, a good book and I will be in all my glory,” Autumn Blessings.

Oh and it's a good time to “Fall” in love all over again with my best friend as we stack up the fire wood, cuddle on the couch over a movie and talk about the upcoming months of holidays we'd like to spend with family and friends.

A quote by John Burroughs makes me think of each one of us as we move towards our “golden” years: “How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”

This is how we should think about aging. I prefer to think of old age as aging to perfection like a fine wine. Wouldn't it be so much more enjoyable if we looked at our wrinkles as lines written about the story of our lives, our gray hairs as badges of honor for times and events we've lived through and survived, and our aches and pains as a reminder to us that we are still alive, a vital part of the world and still have so much left to give and share with the ones we love? I spent a good part of this week with my daughter and granddaughter and while it was a very emotional time for us and our family it was also a time to reflect upon life, the changing of the seasons in our lives that, at times, can bring us great sadness but also great joy.

We are the only ones who can control how we respond to those seasons. The leaves will change, they will explode with vibrant colors that bring us joy just to gaze upon their beauty. Then they will fall and die. The trees will sleep through the winter until spring where they will once again bring us great joy with their new foliage and the flowers will burst forth and brighten our world with their radiance. “Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” Unknown. Letting things, loved ones go is a part of life. Raising children and letting them go to live their lives, or having a loved one pass on can be a beautiful thing if we focus our hearts and our minds in a positive direction. Life is an every day celebration. Each season is a time to rejoice. Find beauty and love in every day. Give freely, give often and love always.

Your kindness challenge for the week: Create a family gratitude jar. Start now, well before Thanksgiving, writing down the things that you are grateful for pertaining to your family and read them out loud over the holidays. It's also a good idea to include friends that are like family.

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