A Simple Autumn

When this autumn season really got going I expressed my concerns that the leaves weren’t looking their usual brilliant self. It turns out that the leaves never really did their usual brilliant show. Yes, there were a few very nice trees, and it was very clear that autumn arrived and proceeded with a leaf change as usual, but not with the usual colors that autumns shines with as one last hurrah from Mother Nature before winter rolls through.

As I was driving around today I got to thinking about this lackluster autumn and what it can say about our lives and success. I think it’s a good reminder that we don’t have to live “wow” lives. That every moment doesn’t have to be worthy of sharing on social media, every thing we do doesn’t have to be this huge success, we don’t have to have storybook relationships and marriages, it’s OK if we’re not huge celebrities, don’t constantly go viral, get out some frozen pizzas instead of doing a fancy home cooked meal occasionally, or give a good effort and move on rather than working on perfection.

Maybe the story of the leaves this year is the reminder you need that while there are moments in life that really stand out, much of life is just putting one foot in front of the other, doing what we have to do to keep up with our responsibilities and relationships.  Or maybe it’s an indication that you’re trying too hard in your life and you need to take a step back and let life shine again.  Maybe this is the year that you truly do make the holiday season one of peace, relaxation and love with family and friends.   What does this subtle autumn season teach you?

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