I will admit that I am not a fan of cold weather, nor am I in love with the deluge of rain that hits the Pacific Northwest come late October, but we're far from that yet.
No, what I love about the fall is that warm cozy feeling you get when it's time to pull out your fuzzy socks. It's a time for delicious warm drinks and while we may start to tire of those crisp fresh salads that got our engines zooming in June, we have the beautiful fall harvest to look forward to. It's such a time of celebration. It makes my heart sing.
I grew up on the prairies of Saskatchewan. That vast landscape gave rise to such color and bounty this time of year. Golden fields of wheat, yellow mustard, and purple flax. Glorious. Pumpkin patches become bright orange and all those fabulous fall fruits and veggies are just ripe for the picking. Can't you just smell the apple pie? Doesn't that pumpkin squash soup make your mouth water?
Or what about those magnificent sunflowers?
Or the inviting corn fields just begging you to run through them?
It makes me feel like a kid again. I used to love the excitement and anticipation of going back to school. Seeing all your friends again. Getting back into a routine.
Oh and don't get me started on the all of the brilliant fall fashion. New boots, jackets, scarves and hats. Love it! (In fact I am certain that I have written a similar post to this one every fall, I am so enamored with the season)
I know the last post about working out with Tracy during Vitality week got many of us reinvigorated about our workouts and our workout spaces and it's made us want to do better at home. But during the summer months it's not always easy to stay on schedule. Fall is a great time to rebuild those practices.
If you've been with me a while, you know I choose a monthly virtue and try to practice it for the month and for August it was Vitality. I guess I thought it would dove-tail nicely with Vitality week and the post I wanted to share about that. But the funny thing with me and virtues, and I don't know if you all notice this too, but it seems no matter what virtue I choose, I am faced with a struggle and the opposite seems to occur. Just as an example, July was celebration and I think all I did the entire month was work! Ack!!
No different with August. This past week I came down with "thee" mother of all colds. I mean to tell you my head was so full of snot I couldn't even get my thoughts together to write. I had to call in sick to the bookstore and you can forget about working out. I barely had the energy to breathe!
Someone very near and dear to me is working with her own health issues so part of me was absolutely convinced that I was suffering in solidarity. My first thought was "vitality my ass!", but then I reconsidered. When we are strong and well and able to carry out the tasks of our everyday life, we may not consider how lucky we are to have our vitality. We might even be tempted to take it for granted. And perhaps it's never really lost when we get sick, it's just hiding beneath the illness. In any case, I became very grateful for the vitality that I do feel most of the time and am eager to get back to my workouts. (maybe not the cardio so much, but the mat is calling) Maybe that is the point of the work of choosing a virtue to focus on. We become more appreciative of life in general.
In realizing this pattern that I am experiencing with the virtues seeming to bring me the opposite of what working on, I am seriously considering taking "poverty" as my virtue for September and then sitting back to watch the money roll in. Lol!
I hope that whatever plans you may have to wind up the summer and kick into Autumn that you are surrounded by love, by an overall sense of well-being - even if you aren't feeling 100%, and that you feel inspired to get back to or even start a fall-fresh routine for yourself. Whether that's eating better, exercising more, spending more time with those that don't annoy the crap out of you, or just reading more wonderful books, take a moment to enjoy where you are and who you are. Because, let's face it, you're awesome!