November 2, 2015

What I Learned in October

One of my favorite blogs that I’ve been reading since  2008 is The Nesting Place.  The Nester has inspired me with many, many home decorating ideas over the years. I learned the power of a hot glue gun, how to paint furniture, how to hang window mistreatments, and most of all that when it comes to decorating, and maybe even life, that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.  Last month, I read one of her blog posts about what she learned the previous month, and I said to myself, “hey, I wanna do that!”  So, it’s the second day of November, but before I move on, here are a couple of things that I learned in October.

One thing that I learned in October is to appreciate every season of life that I am in.  Fall in New England is spectacular, and I have loved it every year.  In years past, I have set out to capture the beautiful season and to enjoy every change in color while welcoming the coolness in the air, sipping on apple cider, lighting warm apple candles, and wearing my favorite boots.

This year I found myself in a different place.  I found myself not accepting this season because I was living in the past and what happened last year in the season after fall.  You know, you remember, right? Does Juno ring a bell, or perhaps ice dams?  Okay, I’ll just say it.  Snow.  Snow is what happened after a beautiful fall last year, and I didn’t feel that I was ready for that again.

It’s funny how something such as changing season taught me a life lesson.

What I learned in October is to appreciate and enjoy whatever season of life that I’m in.  I believe in seeing the glass as half full, but I struggled with that this month as I had my ups and downs in seeing the season change.   There was a beautiful yellow maple tree in my neighborhood, and I had intentions of taking a picture of it. Each day that I passed the tree, I had an opportunity to take this picture, and I didn’t. Time passed, the winds came, and now that same beautiful tree is bare. Time is so precious, and when it is gone we can’t get it back.

What I learned in October is to remember to be present, and to choose joy in the season that I’m in.

It truly was a wonderful October, and yes….

I’m glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers!

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