Thankfulness Challenge: November 12, 2013

I’m thankful for…


I embrace the change of seasons.  This latter part of the year brings cold and darkness.  I actually look forward to the change because it balances out the earlier part of the year where things ramp up for summer, and the light of the day insists that you keep on going.

Spring and summer have their own highlights because of the light, warm weather, summer activities, and gatherings.  But this time of year has a wondrous energy that begs us to slow down, focus, contemplate.

Merganser's Crossing

Spring – with new life.
A family of Mergansers following the leader.


A late summer bloom.

The opposing environmental landscapes balance each other and are necessary for renewal.  Renewal of spirit, renewal of focus, and renewal of sensing our direction.


A sign of Fall with muted colors.


A perfectly snow-dressed shrub.

And although we don’t know it at the time, being young, energetic, and full of promise and plans for the future are important notions to look back on when growing older.  Having a sense of being free and not saddled with worries and responsibilities is hard to understand when you’re young, but so important to look back on as a reminder that the lives we live can be so sweet.   Worries and responsibilities creep up on us like the years do, but remembering our care-free youth can even out the scales, if only for fleeting moments.

Balance is alive in how we feel, what we see, and what we are exposed to on a time dimension basis.  It’s the Eco-system that defines our lives, an inescapable life force.

Balance is life; Life is balance.  The Yin and the Yang.

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4 Responses to Thankfulness Challenge: November 12, 2013

  1. Ann says:

    So true,Diane…..the seasons turn and we look forward or not,to their inevitable pranks and joys. However we may feel, as the seasons come to us,they do arrive and keep us,as you say,balanced. We can count on this. It’s solid. Whether you look forward to them or not,they are always there. We don’t often have that in other areas of life.

  2. maria wulf says:

    Nice Diane, and good for me to be reading. thanks

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