It's been a while since I last posted. There's something about this time of year that, at least for me, makes it more difficult to... well, just be. I love the colors and the cool breezes. I wait months for the opportunity to lay next to our puppies and roast myself like a chicken, in front of our pellet stove. The craziness and stress that September brings, (Remember the post The Three P's of September Survival: Persistence, Pliability, and Patience?) has finally subsided.
So what's the problem? Why is it more difficult, and require more effort, for some of us to get moving these days? My theory is simple. It's because humans are not nocturnal. When I'm outside I try my hardest to suck in every last bit of sunshine through my eyeballs. But it's not the same as those long summer days. It's almost as if there's a daily, unfounded sense of urgency.
If I begin see these signs and symptoms present themselves in my kids, it complicates matters. As I've already mentioned, I kind of feel it twice. The normal events of life: injury or illness, homework, applications, sports seasons ending, getting through the college midterm schedule, which equates to having more free time... all of these seem to attribute to a certain level of doubt, angst and irritation.
I think my purpose for this post is to have it act as a reminder. A reminder that contentment is not always a given. People have to find the peace and patience within themselves, especially if they desire to be examples to others.
So do what makes you happy and what brings you joy. And don't forget to keep sucking in the sun!