Fall: A Time for Renewal
After a busy summer of travel and relocating our primary residence, you would think Fall would bring a sense of completion and calm. Beaches, mountains and highways filled our very satisfying summer. The move was complete. Children back in school. Time to get into the groove that is Fall. A systematic groove of schedules.
One could think of Fall as a melancholy time. As Wiki states, the possibilities of summer are gone. People turn inward, both physically and mentally. The season represents the aging of oneself. A slow-down period.
However, the closing of summer and welcoming of our transition to winter presents a sense of renewal. Our family recognized a renewed sense of commitment as we signed up for school and volunteer programs in our children’s classrooms. A re-dedication to learning new things. Music lessons and Girl Scouts. In our community, we found ourselves renewing our spiritual self. As with most churches, summer absences are soon replaced by filled pews when Fall presents itself. Ministry Fair offers sense of renewed commitments. And, Facebook fills with anxious comments about the arrival of Monday Night Football.
At Live Pretty, we are already talking about soups, roasted vegetables and pumpkin cheesecake. While our weekends remain filled with swimming and grilling, we have fallen for Fall.
I know we are not alone. I see it in our communities. A sense of energy. People ready to go. People ready to give and share their talents. This obviously caught me a bit of guard (hence why I’m writing about it). I never really noticed Fall in this way. While I expected to transition into a season of obligation, I am thankful to see it through the eyes of renewal.
Enjoy your season.