I love this time of year ― Fall. It’s coming fast for us in the States. It’s just around the corner, though we’re still reaching 90’s during the day. Soon, snow will be flying and we’ll be shifting our activities and mindsets on keeping warm rather than keeping cool. It’s also football season ― another clue that summer is slipping away. No longer will we be shedding our clothes for the heat but now we’ll be donning that sweater or heavy jacket.
In the fall, we harvest, it’s when we bring in the crops and prepare the soil for next year. For those of us who aren’t farmers, I’d like to think it’s a different time of harvest and soil preparation ― one of reflection and appreciation of what we’ve done, obstacles overcome, new jobs and friends along with the fun we’ve had.
One of the happy events for us, early this summer, was attending my niece’s daughter’s wedding in Missouri. It was a chance to come together at no doubt what was a lovely wedding, with all the festivities in celebration of the new bride and groom.
Ashley has grown into such a beautiful, young woman. I hadn’t seen her since she was small and hadn’t seen my sister and her family in over 5 years.
It was a mini family reunion and such a joy to be with family again, though with the busyness of a wedding, we didn’t get much time to visit.
Then came the planting of flowers. . .
. . .enjoying time with our grandsons
. . .and leisure walks with hubby and Abby
I also managed to create my first site video, which brought me into the 21st Century (chuckle) . . . first take, second take and on it went. Finally got it!
Having more time these days and with the change in seasons, I find myself spending some of it on reflection. The beginning of cooler days and nights gives me a feeling of withdrawal and looking within myself.
I’ve found, for me, most of our lives are spent chasing something, whether it’s hooking up with cool friends or getting the best job. It’s fun and exciting on these new adventures. At the end of the chase, when we get what we want, it’s off to the next chase.
What appears on the outside to make us happier, richer or most popular appears to be an illusion only to slowly disappear, as we get closer to catching it. To me, the more I think about it, it seems we have it backwards, at least in part.
We look to the outside, first, for excitement and satisfaction but it doesn’t seem to last. We can’t hold onto it and forget to look to the inside. Maybe, if we started by listening to clues and insight from the inside, first, before we started our chase, we’d find the insight and direction we’re looking for.
It’s a frustrating cycle, in different stages of our lives, trying to understand who we are and be accepted. I guess we don’t realize it until we take stock of our lives on who we are and what we’ve accomplished.
The moments we spent this summer on new endeavors and having fun with family and friends can be captured and pursued on the outside but where they stay is within our hearts. There, we can go and revisit them anytime we want.
Maybe, some cold, winter night you can curl up on the couch, get quiet and connect with your heart, recalling events long past. Looking at videos and listening to iTunes help in capturing the memories. I know that’s what I’ll be doing. Here’s one video I’ll be watching taken this summer at the Denver Aquarium.
(Note: This is the first time I edited a video by myself. Please be patient ― I’m a work in progress.)
Pat from the ol’ kitchen table