Look too far ahead or behind, and we risk missing the joy intended for here and now. There’s a certain richness in today that may never be around again. ~Joanna Gaines
Fall is one of my favorite seasons. You can feel the switch when it happens. It’s not just the chill in the air but there is a change in how the sun shines, the smell of the air and the beautiful reds, yellows and golds of the changing leaves. Fall is also when I start retreating into myself more. A preparation for hibernation if you will. I always require a certain amount of quiet and alone time but each season determines just how much. Fall is the beginning of my introspective phase. I need more alone time and an escape from the noise of my life. Maybe because the cooler temps and shorter days also allow for less outdoor time and more being snuggled in the warmth of home I want to draw my friends and family closer. I’m seizing this season of my life.
I’m still a work in progress when it comes to embracing the season I’m in. It’s not always easy, for instance when times are tough, it’s easier said than done to truly embrace and see it for what it is, a learning experience. I am trying, though. I try to look at the big picture and remind myself of what I do have, what’s going right and that everything is temporary. As the temperatures drop and I’m surrounded by the beauty of Nature I want to also take the time to enjoy the beauty of my family. This season that we’re in has been a difficult one, where we don’t have our own home and we’re feeling a little bit like we took three steps back after taking one forward. This is when my resolve to seize the season I’m in is really tested.
“Embrace the glorious mess that you are.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert
Deep down I know we’re exactly where we’re supposed to be but it hasn’t been without its trials, on me, on my marriage and our family. What I’m reminding myself of the most in this season is what is beautiful and right in our lives. Through my blog, I am finally letting my creative voice flow and I have something that is all my own. Addie is our shining light and brings us laughter and joy, no matter the season we are in. No matter the situation, it’s always the three of us, together, as a family. We learn from each other, run to each other, and create our own happiness, even when it feels like it’s in short supply. And my husband, my rock, he is always and forever the place I want to run to when things are tough, even when things are tough between the two of us. The seasons of our relationship have ebbed and flowed but that has always remained constant. So I am seizing the season I am in.
I don’t know what the future holds, and with each passing season who I am will change a little. Fall and Winter will bring me introspection and hibernation. As Spring blooms I will feel a renewed sense of purpose and life. With Summer I will feel free and light. Nature’s seasons are the perfect example of how beauty can bloom, even in the gloomiest situations. I’m learning to follow the flow of each of these seasons and to focus on the beauty, even in the cold, the gloom and the mud.
How do you seize the seasons of your life?