We have crazy weather in Melbourne. Some days are totally unpredictable. We can wake to cold thick fog and by lunch time the sun is out and the temperature has soared. By mid afternoon it can be blowing a gale. And by night fall the air’s cooled and I don’t know whether I should be putting on the heater or an extra item of clothing. On other nights it’s balmy and almost spring like.
Welcome to my patch of life in Melbourne. It’s often joked we have “four seasons in one day”. At the moment it’s distinctly Autumn, with vibrant colors showing their faces.
I look out in my back yard and we have a large oak tree that stands just beyond our gate. My sister gave it to me when it was in a pot, barely a metre high. Now it stands ten times that height and depending on the season looks lush, colorful or barren.
This was today.
This was at the end of last Autumn as the leaves changed color and fell to the ground. Close by kangaroos frequently roam and and graze on the grass beyond our back gate.
When the season is warmer the oak tree provides shade and a cool respite for the kangaroos who return to graze.
Not far away on her horse, my daughter enjoys a cross country course before the rains come. Up above the skies often reflect the seasons as we go about our daily lives.
Changeable, so much like our moods.
Lately I’ve been feeling upbeat and hopeful only to hit a slump mid afternoon. And other days this week I’ve felt down and lacked motivation only to be inspired by something that happens during the day and propels me to action.
As obvious as it sounds, sunshine really does pack a powerful punch, in lifting our moods and making us feel happier. But even when the clouds come it’s still worth searching for that patch of blue. The optimism that can lift those rays to new heights.
My wish is for more predictable and calm weather as we continue our journey.
However, as it’s something we can’t control, let’s just accept and enjoy whatever season we’re in, whether it’s rainy or cold, sunny or warm.
May you be happy and safe and always remember that beyond a storm lies new beginnings.
This post was inspired by a post by Dennis Wagoner at A Trivial Mind at Work
In response to Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 23 – Season. hosted by Ronovan this week.