Do you live in Wisconsin or have you ever visited here in autumn? If not I want you to get a sense of what it feels like to see the burst of colors all around you. It brings out the 12 year old in us when we see a pile of leaves freshly raked up by the neighbor. Their hours of labor racking look like an invitation to a wonderful "Jump In" adventure.
Autumn here calms us, slows us down a bit. We drink more hot cocoa, enjoy more baked goods than usual, and we appreciate each other just a bit more.
It's a nesting feeling, build a fire, roast marshmallows, sip apple cider and drop off some extra garden produce to a few neighbors. We exchange simple gifts this time of year, gift of nature like, honey locally harvested, zucchini, apples and a bouquet of wild flowers from along the road. It's not yet the holidays everywhere else, but here, the holidays are in their prime. It's about giving, helping and slowing down. Maybe that's why is it my favorite season!
I hope that you get a chance to experience that feeling, let the kids inside of you be set free and jump in that pile of leaves! You will be so glad you did!
Thank you to each of you that do something nice for a neighbor, a stranger in need of assistant, or a loved one that might not be able to do something on their own. You are just like Autumn in Wisconsin!