This year the Autumnal Equinox falls on Tuesday, September 23 (2014) UTC. That’s Monday, September 22 at 9:29 PM CT.
For over a week, I’ve marveled at the growing shadows as the sun slips lower in the sky with Earth’s Autumn attitude growing more each day.
Crisp, cool mornings have graced us and reminded us that Summer has gathered her floral skirts and departed.
Fall is upon us and will soon cover us with brilliant throws and carpeted lawns, freeing us from Summer’s chores.
I sense my mind changing gears – from Summer’s greens to Autumn’s golden hues – from hot and humid to cool and breezy – from picking, pickling and processing the garden to plucking it up and turning it under….
Outward focused for many months, I now find myself looking within. Within my house to see what needs to be done to prepare for cold Winter days. Within myself to unclutter my life and my surroundings. Within my life to cull that which hinders and to prune that which is no longer productive.
Busy, over packed Summer months with their long sun-filled days offered opportunity to stretch myself to near breaking. Now, Autumn begins the task of closing out and shutting down, calming and settling, bringing an end to the maddening pace Summer’s long days encouraged.
I greet Autumn open faced and open handed. With a backward glance at what was Summer’s blush, I step fully into what falls to me as Autumn showers me with a renewed sense of being and the promise of becoming more fully who I am.
Days are growing shorter. The long nights are coming. I’ve had long Summer months to prepare. Did I do enough? Did I learn enough? Have I prepared enough?
One thing I know – I did not take enough time to relax and enjoy…enjoy the flowers outside my kitchen door, the hummingbirds at the 4 o’clocks, the Goldfinches on the Zinnias, the wonders in the garden, the miracle of growth, the grasshoppers and the stinkbugs and all their intricate parts working in harmony, the cries of the cicada or the call of the WhipporWill, the cool breeze on my sweaty face, the green of the grass or the earthworm drummed up by my digging.
Take time to smell the roses – I did that once or twice. The memory of their scent lingers still…I wish I’d slowed my pace and quietened my activities and spent more time seeing and smelling and enjoying and less time doing, doing, doing.
Autumn is fleeting. Too soon Winter’s blast will drive me indoors, halt the roses’ bloom and freeze colors to dull brownish black.
What can I do today that will open wide the door Autumn offers me – the door to opportunity, to productivity, to joy-filled living, to insight, to clarity, to the appreciation of beauty in the world around me?
Autumn falls upon us without preference or prejudice. It is what it is and glories in all that it offers. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to slice off a big chunk just for myself and squeeze all the good out of every day for the next three months!
And, I’m going to celebrate the departure of Summer and the arrival of Fall by taking a 15 minute break right now…pouring myself a steaming cup of black coffee…sitting in the sun on my back porch…enjoying what is. I owe that to myself…to Summer’s pleasures and Autumn’s promise.
Excuse me while I turn off, unplug, and step outside to become a part of the change that’s taking place around me.
Happy Autumnal Equinox. 😉