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Stand Still and Watch the Leaves Turn

“Around and around the house the leaves fall thick, but never fast, for they come circling down with a dead lightness that is somber and slow.” ~Charles Dickens

The first day of autumn recently passed, and with it went the fast-passed and brilliant lights of summer. A soft blanket has fallen into place that engulfs our world with a sense of calm and tranquility. Faded are the raucous bbqs and hot nights on the town. Now a subtle chill penetrates the air, and settling in with a pumpkin spiced latte and a good read is more appealing…

And once again the world shifts, and with it shifts our consciousness and our priorities. In a sense, the changing of the season is a change in our minds and in our souls, for we are able to view the world in a new light, and with that brings a new openness that reveals new portals of enlightenment. You see, we are essentially forced to think differently because our whole environment is thrown into a flux; Mother Nature takes on a new visage that can we can see and feel and react to.

The fading of the sun; the brilliant foliage of colors; the covered walkways; the hats, scarves and gloves; all alter our perception of our own lives. There is a somber quality in the wind that turns us inwards, makes us bundle-up, and re-think our purposes and desires…

It’s at this moment, the beginning of fall, that I become reflective and critical of my decisions. I guess with the world transforming, I too must make alterations, and the inherent quietness that surrounds me creates the perfect bubble to contemplate. Besides, the excitement and energizing attributes of summer have faded, and with those distractions gone I can get down to the nuts-and-bolts of things.

I can take the time to reevaluate my direction… steady myself for what is to come, or alter my course in search of another ending. After all, don’t we all need a mental reminder of why we’re doing what we’re doing? Sure there are aspects in life that we don’t question; but what about those mundane things and obligations — the stuff in life we ready don’t want to do but know we have to?

Well, autumn is the time I thoughtfully analyze what I’m doing, and in turn am reminded of the reasons why I do what I do. Tasks I like and dislike all work together to balance the life I’ve built, and a truly blessed life it is…

There is so much to be thankful for, and in this hectic, impersonal, and busy world we live in, we desperately need those moments of remembrance. We need to rise above the superficiality and remember what we’re truly made of.

I, for example, may live a lavish lifestyle, own beautiful things, and travel the world; but that’s not what defines me. My family and friends shape who I am and bring out the best I have to offer, and for that I am truly thankful.

So as I lay a clean blanket on the bed for the first time in months, and open the window a little more to feel the cool breeze, I take a moment of reverence for the new season and all that it brings. Like the solemn, dying leaf, floating from its branch towards the ground in big, looping spirals; I circle through my vault of memories and decisions, touching lightly on all that I hold dear.

One Response to “Stand Still and Watch the Leaves Turn”

  1. RobynHartley Says:

    This is terrific!I had tried to bought this before and and really works for me to be more motivated in life adopting with positive attitudes and to all aspects of life.Thank you for sharing this

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