One of my own transitions in progress is a shift from working full time professionally to working only part time and thus having more time for other things such as travel, writing and other so-called leisure activities. Previously postponed projects can now receive more attention and energy and they require a fair amount of planning, thought and resources including my own involvement. However, there is certainly more latitude for choosing when and how we wish to work on these things. Fortunately, I have a partner who excels in planning.
I recall times past when Fall was harvest time and “putting up” all kinds of things including food for both animals and families. Corn and hay were stored in the barn, the shelves in the fruit cellar were filled with jars from orchard and garden and the bounty was celebrated with the cornucopia spilling out prosperity in fruits, flowers and grain. The Thanksgiving feast and table laden with home-grown goodies of all kinds – meats, vegetables, pastries – was a visual and tasty treat for a family gathering around hearth and home.
Several conversations lately have indicated Fall to be a number of people’s favorite season. I wonder why. For me it’s certainly a time of seeing brilliant colors, the clear light toward the end of the day seeming to light up the stage for nature’s show. It’s also a time to review the past and plan for the future and I am not sure why that’s any more focused now than at other times but it might be that academic calendar kicking in, the end of the previous year and the beginning of a new one. It’s a big shift for me and it’s taking some time to sink in, all that’s implied in this life change and different rhythm of work and play. It’s an exciting time to look ahead, to set a course and to follow the internal compass and where it will lead. The GPS may well be a handy tool but we will supply the directions, the content and the ultimate destinations. Onward! Prorsum et sursum!