The Renewal of Autumn

Life Simplified An Autumn Renewalphoto credit: Scooter the Photographer via photo pin cc

Shhh…I have a secret to share…

When I lived in Seattle, I discovered a little known secret outside Washington State.  It doesn’t rain in the summer!

Summers are beautiful, dry, about 70 degrees and, get this, not many people have screens in their windows because bugs disappear.  The dry weather withers lawns.  Non-sun loving plants hibernate waiting until the rains return.

Fall + Rain = Renewal

By the time it rains in the fall, Mother Nature is ready for it.  The rain brings about a rebirth.  Grass becomes green again.  Plants wiggle their roots and grow again.  You can almost hear a sigh from the dry ground as it welcomes the rain.

The renewal wasn’t just in the backyard.  Seattleites, as much as they complained about the rain, also welcome it.  After a week or so, they began to look as refreshed as the garden.

Being raised in New England, I’d never equated Fall with renewal.  In the Northeast, September/October represents a slowing down of things.  The bounty of tomatoes and zucchini ends, apples ripen, and everyone waits for the tress to burst into color.

Bringing A Little Seattle To Boston

I’m back in the Northeast.  Living in a different climate, changed me, however.  I now look forward to a renewal in the Fall.  The cooler nights inspire me to shake off the cobwebs of the lazy days of August.  Back in June, planning for the balance of the year felt like a chore.  Now, after the slower pace of the summer, I’m ready to get started.

Autumnal resolutions don’t require horns, confetti and champagne.  September resolutions ask only that we be open to positive change. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance.

It’s Raining.  I’m Smiling.

While it rains this Fall, I’ll be wiggling my own roots and stretching my branches with a smile on my face end of year resolutions in firmly in hand.

How do you renew in the Fall?  Do you make September resolutions?  Let me know what you do in the comments below.

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