Tuesday Thoughts: The Beat Goes On

For some, this weekend is the end of Summer. Even though Fall doesn’t officially start until later this month, this was the last Summer holiday weekend and the kids are either back in school or heading back in the next few days. So, in practical terms, it does mean the end of long, lazy days and vacation trips. Up here in the northeast, we’ve had some very Autumn-like days, with cooler temperatures and fresh breezes. We are back to more Summer weather today, but that’s what happens in this transitional time up here every year. Over the next few weeks, we will see leaves turning color and beginning to fall, and more of that cooler weather. People are thinking mums, pumpkins, corn stalks, Halloween. Football. No more beach days, but apple picking is near. Some are even *gasp* anticipating snow and Christmas.

It’s the yearly cycle, the turning of the wheel, the march of the seasons. Whatever you call it, it means time is moving as it always does, and the world and our lives move with it. Sometimes, it seems that the world has stopped, or at least stalled. Nothing new is on the horizon, the days go by in a haze of same old, same old, and lives can seem stuck in some sort of recurring loop. But then, we get this kind of seasonal reminder that nothing stops, not really. That time unfolds in its own way, on its own terms. Change may not happen fast, but do we really want it to? Sure, it can be exciting (or heartbreaking) when things are happening quickly and almost explosively, but we really couldn’t- or wouldn’t want to- live that way all the time. It would burn us out quickly. In fact, it does burn us out when life seems to blow up around us in one big bang. We need time like this to settle, to recharge, to build our stores of energy and strength to cope with the big bangs.

So, instead of fretting about the slowness of life, the normal times, the boring times, even, let’s rejoice in them. Drink in the stability, the calm, the stationary. Go out, breathe, look for the changes that are happening. Store that up for the rush that’s coming. Tuck it away someplace where you can return to it, if only in memory, when the train of life starts to pick up speed again.

Meanwhile, I think I need to go plan where to put the mums and pumpkins this year!


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