It seems that the majority of people who live in a four-season climate love autumn. Many say it is their favorite time of the year. Yes, winter is not that far away, but I know I don’t even give winter a second thought when caught up in the beauty and majesty of an autumn day. The fall color just about takes your breath away, and it’s easy to be fully in the moment when surrounded by such beauty.
I think it has something to do with the transience of autumn. Like the tulips, daffodils, and lilacs in the spring, we know the striking colors of the changing leaves against the brilliant blue autumn sky last such a short time that we almost try to enter into them, to fix them in our mind, to fully enjoy every minute of their brief existence.
What if we looked at our lives, our children, the people we love, and all the people around us in the same way? Sometimes we just think life will go on forever and we don’t relish or appreciate it as we should. I have news for you – everything is always changing, and one day life as we know it will come to an end. The beauty of an autumn day is easy to see, but each day has its own beauty, each person their own beauty, each brief moment something worth seeing and appreciating.
One of my favorite quotes is “when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”. Try seeing everything from the food you eat to the faces you see every day with new eyes. Eyes of appreciation and love. Enjoy the little things – the feel of your sheets against your skin, the scent of your soap, the smiles of the people you work with, the strength of your muscles as they help carry you where you want to go. Give thanks for your world and maybe you will see it transform before your eyes!