Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Autumn Harvest

I woke up to some snow this morning, not a lot but enough to coat the ground and give an "inside and out" chill to the body! Actually the roads were slick with ice so taking the dogs out was a challenge. I need to bring out my winter crampons for mornings like this!

A new season is here. The beginning of winter showed itself this morning, what great timing! I was really hoping for my first snow-free Halloween! :) We were up late watching movies and snacking on WAY too much chocolate!! 

So, looking back on the fall season, which was so short for us this year...what stands out? What brought you joy and gratitude? Is there anything you still need to do, in preparation for winter or just to ease your spirit and improve your life? Is there any change that needs to be made? Change doesn't happen on its own, so what will you do to make a positive change in your life?

I had some forced changes placed on me this fall...but I'm grateful for the opportunity to take care of our two foster doggies...they needed us. :) This threw a big wrench in my beloved routines! But I was able to adapt and I feel my heart has opened up even more now. 

Autumn has a lot to teach us if we are open to the lessons:

If you have a garden, autumn is harvest time. This is so rewarding and the lesson is that working towards a goal will always be rewarding, even if the harvest isn't what you expected!

Balance...the days are shorter, we need to adjust to the darkness and the cold, damp weather. Are you able to balance your life during darker, colder times?

There is a reason why our middle aged lives are called the "autumn years". Do you lament your youth? Honestly I used to, but I'm really enjoying myself these days, my life now is so fulfilling, nothing like it was when I was younger.

Autumn trees shed their leaves, but this is the time of year when they are at their most glorious. After months of being green, they were just waiting for their chance to reveal their most stunning self and shine. Are you ready to shine, or are you still too "green"? That's a good one to think about too! :)

Autumn teaches us that nothing is permanent, trees don't hang on to their foliage, they let it go, knowing that it's time to move on.  Do you need to let anything go? Are you accepting of change?

The wonderful thing about trees is though, they always come back to life in the spring. Renewal after a long rest. Do you allow yourself to rest and renew? Are there things you need to change in that respect?

Does Autumn teach you any lessons you'd like to share?


Pam said... We had flurries in Nashville Tn one morning last week. So hoping we have snow this yr. I have been retired for a yr and almost 4 months. I have had a really hard time trying to set into a routine so this time of yr is not any different. I thought being retired would give me a different routine to follow, certain days for this and that but with Fibromyalgia like I do with the pain and constant fatigue it is really hard to always do what I need to do....I hope this winter will allow me to adjust more. I don't have a garden to harvest. The one thing I am just learning this week is to go out around 4 or 5 and drive to a friends where my horse is and feed her. Up to this point the person renting the barn fed her for me, now I have to do it daily. I am hoping to change things in my life and set certain days for certain recycling, doing laundry...etc. Sounds like to me you have your life worked out nicely.

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

We get snow then it melts. Repeat. That seems the theme for our week. Today is mostly sunny but I am sure it will snow again at some point.

I always think I will find balance in winter but I don't. But I think if I keep hoping for it it will eventually happen.

Martha said...

Snow already? Noooo... I'm not prepared for that! We hardly had a spring and summer this year, so I really don't like the thought of winter arriving early. Ah well, this is life in Canada :) This autumn I learned to slow down and let things happen when they happen. Like the work on our home. I've made more time to be creative, and more time to cook and bake all kinds of goodies. I feel like I'm finally finding a good balance in my life. It's been hard since we became empty nesters trying to develop a new weekly routine without kids in the house. I'm also very thankful this autumn, thankful that I'm not working outside the home right now and able to redefine myself and spend time doing things that bring me joy and peace.

Rain said...

Hi Pam :) We usually get snow in October through to May around here, but the October and November snow usually gets rained out, which I'm thankful for in a way, but it makes everything so slippy. I really feel for you, living with that chronic pain and fatigue, it really messes up your plans. But you're so courageous in dealing with it. I know I don't always have good days with the depression/anxiety, and I try to still do what I want and need to do, but it just saps your energy and motivation. On those days I just decide it's going to be a very lazy day and everything can wait. I'm lucky I have Alex there to support me, he'll drop everything and sit with me in bed to watch a movie or two until I feel better. I think it's amazing that you have a horse!!! I want to see a picture!! When we move to our permanent home, we hope to have lots of land an structures like a barn. Horses are a thought for us. Not more than two though, I know how much work they are. If I could abandon my car for a horse, I would in a heartbeat. I do what you suggested, setting certain days for certain things, mostly for housework though. It makes my days more structured, which is what I need to keep happy :)

Rain said...

Hi Dianna :) Balancing and juggling don't come easy, especially when you have to work outside the home all week long. I remember how tough it was, especially in the winters with the commute on those dangerous highways. I'm trying to set aside a little time each morning for spiritual work, like Tarot readings or learning about the natural world and Paganism etc...It's hard to have a daily practice that's for sure, but I think it's the only way to go for me. I find that when I'm at my most sad moments, it's when I forget all the beauty of nature around me. So if I can just get this routine down pat, I'm hoping it'll balance me even more. I also have to let go of negative energy...which is related to that bleeper, you know, the dog-abandonner...who may very well just show up in the summer to claim them back - I haven't found a way to let go of that anger yet...I guess it's not so much present as anger, but more as resentment and disappointment.

Rain said...

Hi Martha :) Oh the snow is gone already! We had a bit more overnight, but that happens for the next month or so. The spring and summer frankly SUCKED this year! I hope it's nice and hot next summer. I LOVE how you took up drawing and you're sticking with it! Being creative is such a wonderful thing to do for yourself! I'm always at my happiest when I'm creating...maybe that's why I do so much stuff...always seeking that happy feeling :) I think that any big change is hard to handle. I remember after I burned out, I was still visiting the office a few times a week because I couldn't let it go. I had a really hard time when I was told that I would likely never work again because any stress would affect me badly. I didn't believe it and I kept trying to get a job, I even did volunteer work at meals on wheels and a local library and the anxiety had me quivering like a bowl of jello...after a few years of stubbornly challenging the diagnosis, I finally gave in and had a few more years of not knowing what to do with myself! Finally I started knitting and learning about baking and cooking more. Things fell into place a little more each day. I did what you did, I learned to slow down, but it wasn't easy!!

I read this yesterday: "The Chinese teach that life begins at 60. That is when you are through raising your children and can put your creative, nurturing energy into yourself and manifest your gifts."

I think that is very true for a lot of people, especially women. I never had kids, wasn't really my cup of tea, but I believe my life started at age 40. That's when I really was able to start redefining myself, like you said. And I'm enjoying who I am now so much. :)

baili said...

When i was in my beautiful native village which was lashing valley actually surrounded by green waving hills below which were laces of the tree rows .
i used to stare at those magnificent views like statue .flowing silvery stream and cloudy weather everything had dramatically changed in autumns .pile of departing leaves under the tree rows revealed the REAL aspect of life .touching ,fascinating and absorbing!

Our valley is almost beginning point of higher mountainous areas ahead .
in my village life i saw only once snowing and each of us celebrated it like event .though rains and thunder storms were most often.
in winters now i feel low ,but in youth winters were my fav season