Fall is not my favorite time of year. In fact, while others are eagerly anticipating the changing of the leaves, or unpacking their cozy sweaters and cute fall boots, I am lamenting the lack of daylight and dreading the cold weather that’s coming. To me, the leaves are dying rather than changing, the cool breezes are chilling rather than refreshing, and the colors are my least favorite of the entire rainbow. But then I always have been a pessimistic person. Someone who prepares for the worst in order to be able to appreciate the not-so-bad. Most years I’m so busy mourning the end of summer and hanging onto my flip flops as long as possible (at least my toes can be my favorite color) I completely miss the fall season. Or maybe it’s just that, in my neck of the woods, you blink, miss it, and bam! It’s 30 degrees. Either way, this year is the first in recent memory where I’ve actually taken note and appreciated the changes around me.
Driving up the interstate the other week for our BE. retreat I enjoyed, as usual, the Baltimore and Philadelphia skylines (I’m a bit of a city girl, but also a bit of a country girl–my soul is confused). But in between, along the more rural parts of the drive, I noticed the trees. And they were magnificent. It could be that it was 80 degrees and the sun was shining–my kind of weather. It could be I was driving, the first time recently I’ve been the one behind the wheel on a long trek, and thus just generally more observant; but whatever the reason, the seasonal changes were speaking to me.
As we approach the end of this month and head into the holiday season, I’m hoping to continue listening and observing. The end of the year is hectic, jam-packed with celebrations and the thousands of menial tasks that go into those celebrations, and before we know it we’ll be ringing in a New Year and making changes to improve upon the past. This year, I don’t want to miss being in the present. The holiday season is meant to be enjoyed and celebrated. It is meant to have meaning–even if that meaning is different for each of us. I don’t want the muss and fuss, the shopping frenzy and baking/cooking cacophony, the travel plans and family arrangements to detract from the experience.
To that end, we’ll be counting down to the holidays here on BE. and providing some awesome resources and good, fun reads to help keep you present (and sane) along the way. Stay tuned!