Summer is giving its last big push before giving way to Fall. There is still warmth in the air, yet a crispiness to the edges of the breeze that speaks to cooler days ahead. Flowers are blossoming riotously, vivid colors, as though to give up their very last gift before collapsing spent into the mulch. Leaves compete with the blossoms with rich tones of yellow, orange and red. The smells of chlorine and coconut oil are diminishing to be replaced by the smoky scent of fireplaces. It’s quieter outside as children return to the classroom and summer festivals are packed up and moved back to indoor venues.
Oh, how I love summer, sunshine and fun every day. I feel a sadness deep within as I, too, give way to the tug of Fall and the time of turning inward. And the inevitable demands of winter cold and snow.
Fall is a time to savor the dreams we worked to achieve. We birth them in Spring, nurture and grow through the lazy days of Summer and harvest what we have sown in the autumn season. As difficult as it is to let loose of summer, it is equally so to release the nurturing of our dreams. Harder still to move into winter, where we along with our dreams, must hunker down to focus on the next stage.
Everything has its seasons, including our dreams.
We must look at Fall as truly a time of harvest. What joy, what gifts came with summer that we can ripen and grow into something bigger? If summer was full of fun, how do we continue to pull more of that into our lives? The clues are all there if you are willing to take the time to look and see what brought you the most joy. I learned many things this summer. Where I live, what provides both fun and relaxation, what activities are readily and easily available, and how I want to live my life. I think this has been the best summer I have experienced for all these things.
And as the leaves begin to crackle beneath my feet, and the chill in the air reminds me of the approach of winter, I don’t mind too much because I know that next summer will be even better. So bring on the harvest, I’m ready to Fall-in.