Fall is a beautiful expression and reminder that we need to shed the old while beginning anew.
Stepping outside, the dew has settled on the grass, and the air feels crisp. When I look towards the wavering trees, their color has taken on a new hue. Knowing Fall is in the air gives me a sense of calm and quiet. But why?
Although our schedules haven’t altered, it doesn’t seem so busy. Perhaps the change that takes place outside also takes place within us. Knowing we can enjoy the smells of the season like cloves, cinnamon, pumpkin pie in the oven, and a fire burning in our hearth gives a sense of home.
Just as a baby needs to be swaddled, our bodies crave to be covered in warm sweaters and scarves that we can nuzzle in when the northern temperatures hit. Thick wool socks cover our feet while we hold that steaming cup of chai or coffee. A good book lies open in our lap as our minds wander across oceans and fields in the pages we read. All of these things create a sense of comfort that is hard to explain and that only Fall can sometimes bring.
Lovely traditions are started, and new smells and food are being made. Our nights and slumber are more restful because of the cool air we now breathe. The children seem to be happier. Laughing and playing as if catching the imagination of the season. Hot apple cider awaits them when their giggles have calmed, and they are content to come in after jumping in the leaves.
If I could capture everything that Fall brings, it would be a rising of joy, spices, peace, and thankfulness. We should enjoy this season this Fall and take in all that it has to offer. To be warm, happy, healthy, and thoughtful of others, to embrace the feeling of comfort, family, and love. Most importantly, live each day as though it were a gift and share that gift with those close to you.
To end, I want to leave you with this quote:
We’ve entered Fall so come one and all in praising our Savior and King; For the colors that appear on the earth, so dear, and the joy that all these bring. -Teresa C. Hawes
I will now raise my hot mug of chai and make a toast to you and the beginning of Fall.
Stay Healthy and Free!