We just experienced an absolutely gorgeous weekend here in the midwest. With temperatures in the middle 60’s and bright sunshine playing off the changing leaves, the colors have been magnificent. Rich shades of red, orange and gold combined with the still green grass and blue skies. How is it not a spiritual experience?
I have always been a visual person and I love color, especially the colors found in nature. They are so vibrant and mingle beautifully with each other, no matter the season. Whenever I’m feeling stuck on a color scheme, or just feeling plain stuck, I can walk out my door, and get all the inspiration I need. In fact my inspiration for today’s post came from simply being in my yard.
Although we closed up the pool, the warm fall temperatures have delayed us from putting away our outdoor furniture a few more weeks, so we can enjoy sitting and just being, surrounded by the lovely fall landscape. I can still hear the chirps from the few birds that have remained in the area, my wind chimes are playing a soft song in the light breeze, and the leaves from our backyard trees are gently floating to the ground like raindrops all around me. I feel at peace.
Enjoying the outdoors is always a nice escape from the news, especially with this being the eve of election day. I’ve grown weary of the insults, drama, and overall tone of not just our candidates, but our country in general, and being out in nature this past weekend was just what my body, mind, and spirit needed. Of course, the Cubs winning the World Series last week was the best distraction from our current political climate.
There is something so calming about this time of year. Even though the sun is shining and it’s warm, the breeze against my skin is cool, and I feel comfort from my cozy cardigan over my shoulders. The sun is on an angle now, and the light in the yard isn’t quite the same as it was during the summer months, yet it still gives me warmth. And the colors, those beautiful jewel toned colors are all around me and my eyes can’t help but stare and be grateful for the surrounding beauty.
So, if you’re sitting in a windowless office right now, or in your car, or on the train, make sure you take just a moment today to step outside, take a few deep breaths, feel the sun on your face, and appreciate the beauty around you. It may be as simple as looking up at the bright blue sky.
Have a wonderful week, and don’t forget to vote.
It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.”
― Sarah Addison Allen,