The weather was glorious for a couple of days, but now it’s back to being suffocatingly hot again. I can’t wait for autumn. There’s something really invigorating about it. Here is an excerpt from a blog that i just read and liked.

“Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ~ George Eliot

Autumn is all about change.  Nature dies as we live.  In the northeast, the heat of summer is subdued before the onslaught of winter.  Football and hockey revisit us like old friends with the promise of good times over the coming months.  Schools are back in session, new faces in new places.  Houses empty.  Dorms fill.  Youth is put to the test.

My little trip to college that day turned into 7 years as a student.  It never occurred to me that I had just begun the rest of my life.  If we’re honest, I think most of us get stuck in everyday ruts and fail to realize that each tomorrow is the start of the rest of our lives.

As the seasons change, nature resets and we can feel the hope of renewal.  Of course, as Pandora learned, hope can be a dangerous thing.  New beginnings often carry both promise and pain.  Birth isn’t easy.  Why should rebirth be any more so?

Some of the most glorious scenes in nature come from dying trees, as the leaves fade and fall.  Have you ever noticed how much farther you can see once the branches have all been laid bare?  Autumn contains an end that reveals beauty in death while expanding our horizons.  Our lives are like that.  In times of change we come to an end of who we are.  Some parts of us die because they must.  The process can be painful but beautiful things will also be revealed, and on the other side we see farther than we ever have as we catch a new vision for the next leg of our quest.

We will never have it all figured out.  No one can ever be fully prepared for a new school or job or baby or whatever.  At times we’ll be completely unprepared.  In the meantime, we can learn to appreciate the journey, especially during “delicious autumn.”

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