Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Change of Seasons

For about the past week I’ve read several blog posts and Facebook statuses referring to the seasonal changes being experienced all around.

Most of us love the cooler weather…




…the changing leaves…




…the shorter daylight hours that are more golden now as opposed to the brightness of summer days…


…and the anticipation of all the festive holidays up-and-coming!


I enjoy all of those things and more: baking goodies in the kitchen; hot chocolate;
making lots of hearty soups and stews; decorating my house for the holidays; fireplaces; many good times with family and friends.

But for many years, the transition into autumn has also meant something else for me.


It’s a gradual and beautiful passing away of the old; a preparation for renewal and re-growth; a time to slow down and take in all that has happened over the past few months; and an opportunity to think about what I will take with me into the next year.

It’s as if the crisp coolness of the air clears my head and causes me to see more clearly.


There’s a strong yearning to improve elements of my life.


The autumn winds stir up my imagination and spur my creativity.



As the cool days and nights ever so slowly slide into those that bite with iciness, I am ever reminded that this is all a necessary part of what must happen in order for the re-growth to appear.

And so it is…not only in nature, but also in my life.

A continual cycle of birth…


…growth…

…fading away…

…falling withered to the ground…

…a period of quiet solitude, cocooning myself against the cold…


…and then glorious re-birth!

As I grow older, I have come to eagerly anticipate the “autumn times” of my life, because I know that right around the corner there is something new and exciting waiting for me. I have learned to accept each season and not rush through it – because unless the cycle is allowed to come full circle in its perfect time, the fruit will not be full and sweet and ripe.


“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”
--Ecclesiastes 3:1

10 comments:

NeverADullMoment said...

My sentiments exactly! Beautiful blog!

Michelle said...

Beautiful words and images!

Leanne said...

Awe, I love the images, too! And so love the words ... what a wonderful reflection on this time of year, huh? You're cool ... I like ya, a lot, dear chaos sister! ;)

Mommy's Sippy Cup said...

Beautiful! Great post :)

Mommy's Sippy Cup said...

Beautiful! Great post :)

Doris said...

Hello all you lovely girls! I am sorry to lump this all into one comment, but it's late and it's been a long day (but a good one) and I still have a ba-jillion things to do before bed...you know how it goes! Anyway, that you ALL for the comments and encouragement. It means a TON to me that you took the time to comment. Love to you all!

scrapwordsmom said...

Dori, this is so very lovely. You have such a way with words and imagery. My sentiments exactly:)

Doris said...

Thank you so much, Leslie! I feel like images can really help enhance what I am trying to convey. On a side note, it's funny that you typed my name "Dori"; that's what my mom and some of my family used to call me. :-)

Penelope said...

I have totally enjoyed the cooler weather here in Texas! Makes football easier to watch somehow! I like the pictures too.

Can't wait to meet you IRL @BloggyBootCamp!!!

Doris said...

Hey Penelope! Oh my goodness, these past few days have been a slice of heaven! Only 19 more days until we attend another slice of heaven! yippeeeeeeeee See you there!

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