It’s hard to believe we’re almost half way through the year. Time is flying by so fast. Looking back at the last three months of Autumn, it all feels like a bit of a blur. So, what do we do when life gets blurry? We adjust our focus.
March began with family changes and challenges, hospital visits and aged care homes. Seeing my in-laws declining with health issues and dementia is never easy. It’s been a time of change and transition, a time to accept, love and support them, with care and kindness.
It’s a reminder to cherish our loved ones while we have them. Life is so precious. And so are our memories.
We camped a few times, at Razorback in the High Country with my daughter and her horses. And at Maritz Bend on the Goulburn River, swimming, relaxing and immersed in nature.
Time flies and it’s up to you to be the navigator.
Weeks later I got sick, a bad head cold that really knocked me about for over a week.
Recovery complete, the end of the month was spent by the Murray River with friends. Warm camp fires and nights under a full moon replenished the body and spirit.
Gratitude gently reveals the many mysteries of life and the order of the Universe
April began with an early Easter spent with family. It was bittersweet with our time divided between family at home and the aged care home where my father in law is now living.
We got away for an extra long weekend, camping at Rocklands near Dunkeld. Getting bogged, fine pub dining at the Royal Mail hotel, a kitchen garden tour with the head chef and a mountain climb were adventures I’ve since written about.
Walhalla is one of my favourite places to visit. It’s gorgeous in Autumn and it’s a place I’ve written about on my blog many times. This year we visited late in April, making new memories in this magical gold rush township.
We travelled back up to the Ovens Valley near Myrtleford for our daughter’s birthday. It’s always special spending time with her in this beautiful backyard.
Life can be pretty damn delicious.
On the first day of May we rediscovered beach pleasures at Black Rock on the Mornington Peninsula. It was such a great walk along the beach and along the coloured cliffs, followed by a fabulous lunch at The Black Squirrel Cafe in Sandringham. The month produced lots of writing that turned into stories published, of recent places and experiences. Spontaneous opportunities and deliciousness equals more special memories.
How we see anything changes everything.
Lessons from Autumn
It’s a time of change. I feel it daily. I feel it in the air. I see it around me, in the bare branches and the leaves that lie on the ground. I sense it within my family and the wider world. No point resisting. We go with the flow.
At home, amongst the routine, I walk Harry daily and, even though I’ve trod these paths countless times, I still find newness in nature. It’s messy, raw and real. It’s been a time to check in on myself and honour where I am on my own personal growth journey. A time of going inward, rediscovering what’s meaningful, soul searching and exploring both new territory and old favourites. We’re all affected by the shifting seasonal energy, an energy that encourages us to grow and evolve.
Autumn came quickly this year and seemed to disappear just as fast. I guess it’s not unusual to feel a sense of melancholy and loss as short cool days set in.
“All the trees are losing their leaves, and not one of them is worried.” — Donald Miller
In this last week of Autumn I’m reminded that nothing ever truly ends. One season blends into another, with all of creation ever changing, diverse and dynamic. We’re also like nature, we move with her, we’re affected by her. We’re up, we’re down and we let go. We dance with her, a tango of energy that, when we tap into, makes our life richer, broader and more meaningful.
Winter is around the corner here in the Southern Hemisphere but no hibernating for this momma bear. Plans are afoot for some travel up north, fuelling a sense of anticipation and quiet excitement. Not yet but soon.
In the meantime, wherever you are, whatever season you’re in, embrace the journey and the changes along the way, for it all passes far too quickly.
In love and light