Wednesday, November 2, 2016

“To be interested in the changing seasons is . . . a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”

~ George Santayana


I stumbled upon these words this morning and they struck a strong chord. In the seasons, and in life, there is much deep richness to be found in this autumn season that is easily missed if we aren’t paying attention. Do you agree?

I’m settled in with a heating pad and a quilt in the dark and quiet of this pre-dawn morning after a restless night wrestling with back pain. In the power reclining sofa in the living room I find a position of comfort I struggled to find in my bed. Turns out Gerry was wise in his insistence of the power feature after all.

Even in this there are flashes of delight and gratitude. I love the coziness of my home in the morning when all is dark quiet. I play with words and photographs, pray, sip coffee, think about things, and wonder if the day will go as planned after all. The flexibility of this autumn season comforts me as I know that should I need to adjust my course for this day, I can.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Linda, i agree. It took this many years along with retirement before I really began to appreciate and enjoy each season for its own beauty. So glad you are sharing these quotes and thoughts.

    1. Letty, thanks so much for your encouragement.

      I’m coming up on three years of retirement and feel I am finally giving myself permission to simply be. It’s a process after so many years of doing, isn’t it?

  2. Where do you get all your wonderful quotes? Book? Websites?

    1. Karen, I start with a certain subject I want to write about or that I feel is conveyed in a photo. I keep a document with quotes I come across that I like and I check there first to see if I have something that fits. If I don’t find anything there, I Google it. So, for example, if I wanted something about choices I’d Google “quote choices”. Usually I find something that speaks to me on Goodreads, Brainy Quote, or Quote Garden but not always. Sometimes I find things on random sites. I always check out the individual the quote is attributed to if I’m not familiar with them, to make sure I get it right and to be sure I’m not quoting someone I fundamentally disagree with. Usually it’s a treasure hunt and I’ve come to really enjoy the process!

      1. I’ve used Brainy Quote and Quote Garden before. You have the best collection of quotes!

        1. Thanks! This daily practice of mining just the right words has enriched my life in ways I hadn’t imagined.

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