It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Chapter 9, Page 15, Book 09

Autumn asks that we prepare for the future—that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping. But it also asks that we learn to let go—to acknowledge the beauty of sparseness

Bonaro W. Overstreet


Where I live, Fall is truly an amazing time of year. The temperature is a bit cooler at night but the days have been very mild. The leaves of the trees are beginning to turn wondrous shades of red, yellow, and orange and by mid October they will be in their prime. They outwardly express the inward change.

Squirrels scurry around gathering and storing nuts as the birds begin to migrate to the south. During this season all of life is getting ready for the long, dark, cold nights of winter.

The autumn of our lives is a phrase used to describe the direct connection with our own changes. Just like the process of transformation in nature, such as the leaves changing from green to golden hues, then falling to earth.

Seasonal changes are not negotiable. They are part of a chain that is necessary for survival. Our ability to endure is based on our ability to flow from one moment to the next; from one season to the next. If we aren’t flexible it takes a toll on us mentally and physically.

During fall, the flow of nature has begun its journey inward. It is also the season of harvesting, a reaping of the fruits gathered during the year; a time to prepare for the protective and recuperative power of winter.

Autumn is a good season for beginning to live gently, to move a little slower and to rejoice in the beauty of nature where every end is a beginning


Every sunrise is a present, a gift from God above, Gift-wrapped with scarlet ribbons and tied with bows of love. Each is a new beginning, a time to start anew, While all the stars are sleeping, and the rose is fresh with dew. Each day's a new creation, too lovely to ignore, And we may not find a blessing, just outside our door. We cannot keep the past, like fireflies in a jar, Nor journey to the future by wishing on a star. Every sunrise is a blessing, a gift for just today,

Rejoice, my friend, embrace it before it fades away!

‘On Ya’ - ma


Hollie said...

The picture of the trees is beautiful. They really are starting to show their beauty. Fall is definitely a change, but I like the slower pace.... Have a wonderful day!

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

What a beautiful Autumn post Ma! So delicate and gentle. Fall has never been my favorite time of the year, but now I must rethink that attitude! Hugs~Sharon

Scrappy quilter said...

The pictures of the trees is stunning. Oh how I enjoy Autumn. What a beautiful post. Hugs..

Jeannette said...

The weather is certainly changing and we have our long overdue rain!!! Hurrah!!! Some are already moaning but I love to see it and know the earth is getting a drink again and the wildlife can find water.

betty said...

I love what you said about autumn; as I'm entering that season in my life, I am going to learn how to slow down and enjoy it and see if anything I have planted is starting to harvest in relationships, etc

very nice entry today Ma!

enjoy the day and the leaves changing :)


Buttercup said...

Your new header is beautiful.