The yellow school buses are hitting the roads and new shoes are flying out of the stores. It’s that time of year… Autumn.
Even if your routine will not be dramatically impacted by the change of season there is just something refreshing and rejuvenating about fall. When a person is a little sad or lonely, maybe they have recently lost someone they love and are working out living on their own. Tuning in to the world God created can help. Embrace the change of season and let it refresh a soul seeking a new season.
First, just pay attention. Take notice of what’s happening around you. As Fall arrives the air becomes cool and crisp, the smells change, the sky is bluer! It really is. (Check it out. It’s called the Rayleigh Effect.) Oh, and the night sky. It’s amazing in the fall. Travel away from the city lights, find a dark place and just look up. It’s free! You don’t need money. But, you do need to be a little patient. Keep looking. In a little while something almost magical will happen. Your eyes will begin to see more and more stars. You might even see a shooting star.
Second, share the season. If you know someone who is lonely or needs lifting up, call them. Take them to pick apples or pumpkins. If you are the lonely one, call a friend. Bake a pie together or just go out and eat a piece of pie and drink a cup of coffee. We all live under the same moon. You can call a grandchild or a faraway friend and share the Harvest Moon on September 14 or the Hunter’s Moon on October 13.
Finally, tap your inner child and learn something new. Learn how to bake a pie or teach someone to how to bake a pie. Learn more about the Fall constellations - Andromeda, Aquarius, Capricornus, Pegasus and Pisces. Download one of the NASA apps like Sky View and learn to identify the constellations of the night sky. Visit a science museum or planetarium and see what you can learn there.
Every day of every season is a gift. Embrace your gift.