Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians. As Autumn has rolled in so come 2 major reminders to express gratitude and appreciation for the blessings we have despite these difficult times. Today being Canadian Thanksgiving and U.S. Thanksgiving next month. Of course, it would be the best of worlds if we celebrated the blessings in our lives every day as Terri Guillemets says, “Every day, spread the magical stardust of thankfulness into your life. “
Despite the fact that Winter is not far behind, there are so many gifts that Autumn gives us to enjoy while we are in it.
A few years ago I wrote a cheesy poem mixing the styles of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Maria Von Trapp that express some of my favorite things about Autumn.
Autumn, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
County fairs and fresh produce markets,
Apples and pumpkins and hot roasted chestnuts,
Cider and doughnuts and cool moonlit evenings,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Leaves of bright colors at peak for the viewing,
The first sign of wood smoke through the air swirling,
Hay rides and scarecrows and fun family gatherings,
These are some more of my favorite things.
A couple other favorites that didn’t end up in rhyme include the swooshing and crunching sounds from walking on leaf covered paths and the wonderful aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice wafting from baked goods and hot mulled drinks.
On a more philosophical note, Autumn is a good time to reflect on the year. What things would we like to carry into the next year and grow? What things are best left behind or changed? What things do we want to let lie through the Winter and view with fresh eyes in Spring which brings hope renewal and rebirth? Lots to ponder over a cup of hot cider and a piece of pumpkin pie.
Comments are welcome.
A few weeks ago I wrote about stuff hitting the fan in a big way. Well, that fan seems to be in perpetual motion. Unwanted changes also seem to be in perpetual motion. There’s been so little time to adjust to one thing when another rolls in. I find myself bouncing around among inertia, resignation, trying to accept what is out of my control and figuring out how to move forward with what is. I think there is often a tendency to complicate difficulties making them exponentially more difficult. While pondering the current situation, a couple of quotes came to me that were just right for this or any other challenge.
“If you find yourself in a challenging situation, one that pushes you beyond your comfort zone. One that stimulates frustration, disillusionment and even despair . . . Take action. Do what you can do. Make the best effort you can make.” Gregg Krech
The other is paraphrasing James Dean. Essentially, we cannot change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails to continue forward with our journey.
What is most important is to make the effort to do one small thing. Just take that one action to get started. Then take another step. Soon we realize we are out of the doldrums and moving into a more productive, energetic state. The switches don’t get flipped all at once. One by one everything gets brighter and brighter.
This is the message I need to keep giving myself throughout these most trying and unusual times. Sure, we can trip up and downward spiral. That’s part of being human. It’s about remembering to flip one switch; take one small action. That downward spiral will begin to reverse course and turn upward again.
Comments are welcome.