One of my biggest regrets I have from my “before” life was that that I did not take the time to notice all the beauty around me.
I was an “as soon as” person, always concerned about what was coming next that I was not focused on the present.
I made a lot of changes in my life this year. I have worked on my life from the inside out.
One of the biggest changes I have made was also one of the simplest changes.
I take time to look around me and notice all the little changes.
This also helps when you have a small child. My daughter has taught me to see the delight in all the little changes that happen in nature. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Her school even has a naturalist come every week and they go out into the forest and learn about plants.
Though I could do without her acorn and rock collections she brings home.
I have always appreciated the fact that I live in the Northeast where we always have four very distinct seasons. But now I notice the subtleties of when the seasons start to blur together.
I feel like Fall is a very popular season. Everyone loves the Fall. My local friends always post pictures on social media of their Fall activities. And my friends who live in warm weather climates comment on my Fall foliage pictures saying how beautiful the leaves are.
It’s a time of pumpkin spice, apple picking, flannel, and boots.
But now it is November.
The temperature is cold and we have even had some snow.
BTW, I am trying to make the hashtag #snovember happen. Please, can we make it happen?
But it is not Winter yet.
Many people are putting up their Christmas trees and have moved on from Autumn.
I am not hating on people who start their Christmas enthusiasm. Whatever makes you happy. But I prefer to wait because the part of me that is still attached to my Catholic identity feels that Christmas really lasts until Epiphany (Jan 6).
But I’d be lying by omission if I didn’t admit that I have listened to some Christmas music.
I just choose to keep my November Christmas enthusiasm to a minimum.
The days are getting shorter and there is snow on the ground. I am wearing my winter coat, hat, and gloves.
Winter will be here soon enough and winter overstays it’s welcome around these parts. Every year.
I am going to hold out and continue to put pumpkin spice creamer into my coffee and I will continue to enjoy the late November beauty.
What are you grateful for this week? Please comment below.