The air is crisp, the glow is warm, and the trees are showing us how beautiful life can be when we’re willing to let go of things that don’t allow us to grow. Growth is Father Time and Mother Natures love lessons that we learn when we take a step back from the daily grind to see the transformations happening in and around us.
Father Time guides, pushes, pulls, or drags us whether we’re ready to change or not. It’s happening so we me might as well observe and allow him to lead us when we can’t see the path. Mother Natures does as mother’s do; she provides us great comfort and joy through her silent beauty and ability to turn over a new leaf season after season.
After all, we’re all growing through different seasons of our lives. On Earth there are meteorological and astronomical seasons, both marked by specific weather conditions, temperatures, or length of the days. The four seasons are spring, summer, fall (autumn) and winter. These changes occur as Earth spins around the sun as it adjusts its angle.
The seasons of our life are similar because they can be as cold as the winter, as rainy like the spring, as hot as the summer, and as relaxed as the fall. However, the seasons of life will not follow the same order as we know it on Earth from the current axis.
The high seasons and low ones are inevitable and they’ll show up at the door whether they were invited them over or not. Life is coming at us ready for us to change and grow with it. I’d rather find joy in the journey than fight change and be dragged through the sands of time without any ownership of my existence.
If you’re on the struggle bus, you don’t have to stay on it. Jump off the Hot Mess Express and learn a lesson from Mother Nature; Make the best of the life you have and your ability to change. All you have to do is let the old go so the new can grow.
Want to spark some gratitude in your life? Make a list of the things you’re grateful for and then use that list to guide you through mindful observations of your life, the things you see, the smell of food and the outdoors, the people that you’re with, the unique beauty of everyone you love, and don’t forget to include yourself in that list or in the observations you make because let’s face it, you’re a pretty amazing person.
50 Things I’m Thankful For:
1) My husband.
2) My insta-kids and fur kids.
3) My parents.
4) My friends.
5) The people I work with.
6) Sunshine on my face.
7) Crisp air in the mornings.
8) Connecting with others.
10) Creative projects.
13) The struggle.
15) Kindness from strangers.
16) Love from friends.
17) The joy you feel when you read a sweet note.
18) The person that always holds the door.
19) Watching children play.
20) Walking through the park with the people I love.
21) Feeling hopeful.
22) Learning new things.
23) Having the ability to grow.
24) Showing my mom and dad anything new that I do.
25) Hugs from my insta-kids.
26) Being married to a man that loves me.
27) Laughing with a friend.
28) Cozy blankets.
29) The smell of pine trees.
30) Art in my home.
32) My office.
33) My health.
34) Coffee and tea.
35) Having a purpose.
38) Running water.
39) Free shipping.
40) Social media.
42) Fresh laundry.
43) Healthy conversations.
44) Flowers. Lots of flowers.
45) The ability to give and receive love.
46) The lovely city of Louisville.
47) The 5 alarms I set and the snooze button.
50) This tiny and cozy little space that I call my blog.
From Facebook’s new Thankful For Us filter from NBC’s “This is us” Promotion: