There is a season…for everything…
An apology is in order. Autumn, I have always withheld my admiration for you. You are the thief that comes in and carries summer away. Sometimes you come in subtly and we are slow to notice the change. Other times you come over night with your cool wind and frosty bite, causing us to quickly bump up the thermostat.
I love summer! It makes me happy!
Summer speaks to all my senses. My eyes are drawn to bright, beautiful gardens, boats floating on lakes, baby animals in every field and forest.
Children’s laughter fills the air as they play in the pools and run through the garden sprinklers.
Birds and squirrels in the nearby trees chatter and chirp all day. Summer thunderstorms are a glorious concert of light and sound! How about that crack of the bat on the ball, in that great summer game of baseball. Can’t you smell the fresh cut grass or the sweetness of the rose garden? Watermelon, fresh grown tomatoes and corn on the cob make the mouth water for the hot, steamy growing season.
My body rejoices with summer and its burden is light…no heavy sweaters or coats and my sandaled feet can breathe with ease. Summer helps me relax, as I float in the middle of the lake…just me, the water and the sky!
Autumn, even with your gorgeous hues, you come and steal summer away! I confess, I have held that and one other thing against you. The other thing is the day called Halloween. I can’t even say I am not a fan of Halloween, because my dislike of this so-called “holiday” goes much deeper than that. But, October, it is not your fault and I shouldn’t hold you accountable.
You are teaching me something aren’t you, Fall? (I wonder why you are the only season that gets two names.)
You are brilliantly beautiful, and though the breath of death is on the sidelines waiting its turn, there is still so much life in you.
If I listen, I hear the rustle of leaves as I walk on the path and the crisp snap of an acorn beneath my feet.
The squirrels are frantic, swishing their bushy tails as they flit about gathering the bounty for their winter storehouses.
As the summer flowers close their blooms to colder days, fall’s mums burst forth with life, ready to withstand the cool, frosty nights.
And who would have imagined that the tender little pansy could be so resilient as she adds her color to autumn. The hot days of summer wither her dainty petals, but when the days become shorter, colder, she rises to the occasion.
The trees do their best work in autumn. Who would have thought there could be so many shades of red, yellow and orange?
You know what? I hope that I am like them. As I grow older, I want beauty to radiate from me and my desire is to burn in glorious color…doing my best work yet.
You’ve taught me something this year, Autumn. Winter comes soon enough, but for now it can hang out in the wings, just behind the curtain, blowing out it’s frosty breath, waiting to make an appearance.
I have some shining yet to do! Autumn, I apologize for not appreciating you. Thanks for the lesson!
And you my friends…what thoughts are you holding onto about a season in your life? Is there another way it can be viewed? Could it be possible that you could SHINE and live Your One Beautiful Life even in its midst? I would love to talk with you about it!