There can be so much beauty in the autumn and I guess, from that standpoint, I can understand why autumn is so many people's favorite season.
There are little hints of magic everywhere.
(Those red gem marigolds, self-seeded from last year's plants, bloomed all summer long and are still going strong. Such a gift.)
(These hops flowers look like roses to me).
In truth, though, at this time of year it is sometimes easier for me to focus on the negatives than the beauties and joys. And so, I need to make a conscious effort to shake things up. To focus on the magic and not those other things.
I came up with a list of things to help me do that:
- take a walk and listen to the leaves crackle underfoot
- make soup (and soup, and soup and soup) or bake something to warm up
- wear a hat (even better if it's one from a friend)
- take photos to look for beauty and capture magic
- bring in flowers or pumpkins or seedpods or other bits of nature
- write a Joy List (my lists have been few and far between, but I'm working on getting back on track)
- listen to an audiobook while you work (I've been listening to this)
- look out the window -- there's almost always something interesting or beautiful to see -- a hummingbird that hasn't yet embarked on her journey, a hint of color in the sky, bluejays eating seeds from the sunflowers
- make some art and if the day is dark and dreary, make it extra bright and colorful!
What about you? What would you put on your list?