Last weekend was a very busy one filled with “fall” cleaning, decorating for our Halloween party, pumpkin picking and truly appreciating the amazing and beautiful colors that have adorned our backyard and the surrounding areas for the past couple of weeks. While I love and appreciate all four seasons in Minnesota and Wisconsin, I love FALL the most. The fall never fails to inspire me and to leave me in a state of awe each time I go for a walk, drive north or glance out at the woods behind our deck.
I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and like so many of us, I have to admit that I did not appreciate the beauty of where I once lived until I moved away. People drive for miles to visit St. Croix Falls and Taylor Falls just to soak in and view the spectacular backdrop of river bluffs and fall colors that seem to stretch for miles. It is a magical place in the fall and well worth the time.
While I do not live far from my hometown I found it difficult to find the time to drive up and enjoy the fall colors in recent years but this year life stepped in and I found myself in Wisconsin a lot. My mom had a stroke a few weeks ago and like so many things that happen along the way, it served as a harsh reminder, that just like the seasons, things can change in the blink of an eye. I found myself feeling frustrated at how busy life has become and questioning why it takes an event or a scare to slow things down and to remember what is most important.
Why does it seem to take a tragedy, an illness, a loss or a major life event to remind people to stop and just breathe? Why do we lose sight far too easily in today’s world of what is truly most important and why do we fail to appreciate what we have until it is gone. I would challenge each and every one reading this to be brutally honest and to ask those tough questions.
We live in a society that is in a constant battle with time. There is never enough of it or so it seems and I would venture to guess that more often than not people feel like they are losing the battle. There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done yet alone to do the things that are most important. That makes me sad as I feel that way a lot. It is far too easy to lose sight of our dreams, our passions and most important making quality time for the people that we love.
It was important for me to write about this because I for one have made a pledge to try and “slow my roll” more often. I am happy to report that my mom is doing great and that she is now home. We are thankful as a family and we are blessed. The many drives to Wisconsin and to the valley gave me a lot of time to think and as I witnessed the incredible magic of the fall trees I felt a sense of peace and gratitude for the gift of life and just how beautiful life is.
Don’t wait for a tragedy to serve as a reminder of how precious life is or how important the people in our lives are.
Appreciate every moment.
Slow down and breathe.
Be kind…always. Love hard and hug often.
Say I love you to the people you love most every day.
Take nothing for granted and find gratitude for all that you have.
Stop making excuses and find the time….don’t wait.
Thanks for stopping by everyone. I am so excited to launch my new blog and hope you enjoy it! Enjoy the rest of this beautiful fall and remember….find the time.