I love this time of year.
Well, to be precise, I love the anticipation of autumn. There is almost this expectancy hovering in the air (or maybe that’s just more humidity…sometimes it’s hard to tell here in late August); it is a tangible feeling of seasons shifting as Mother Nature’s crew slowly tears down the sets of summer and replaces them with freshly painted backdrops that herald a bold new season.
While my plants are still offering ripe, juicy tomatoes; deeply fragrant rosemary; basil; chives (and more), and two funky shaped cucumbers, my flowers tell a different story. They droop, and no matter how carefully I try to keep them watered (but not too much), their ends are crunchy, and they look tired and spent.
I can’t say precisely why autumn is my favorite season except that there is a very pronounced feeling of hunkering down; of simplifying life down to the basics; and of taking the time to notice the sacred moments in every day (there are so many if we only just stop and really, truly look). I feel like things get less complicated and more beautiful as the leaves turn and everyone enjoys their pumpkin spice everything.
Even so, I am always ready for the next season of the year. I wish I was as good at embracing seasonal change in my life as I am at looking forward to the next season in the calendar year. I yearn to see colorful leaves as August waves its goodbye, and yet my eyes easily grow a bit leaky as I notice changes in myself and others as time marches by ever so swiftly.
So this year, as we head into a new season ripe with possibility, I am challenging myself to stay ever grateful; to keep a growing list of life’s little moments that make my heart smile; and to try hard to be brave in the face of change. I am consciously working to simplify my home; my life; and my heart so that I can focus on what truly matters and identify where He most wants me to serve in this new season.
What is your favorite season?
Are you challenging yourself with anything new as we move into a new season?