Looking out my kitchen window on this crisp fall day, I feel at peace, grounded, with a feeling of abundance. Plants, flowers and trees bring me great joy and as I look from our window ledge, across our greenhouse patio filled with plants, to the park behind us I see trees awash in firey red and orange, and I am filled with gratitude for the whimsy and beauty that is part of my home life. It is a happy feeling, a feeling that helps me recognize how the simple act of being in the moment, stopping to notice a view, a leaf or the sound of silence, allows me to embrace it and feel thankful.
The other day while out on my morning walk I noticed that while being outside, in the quiet, without anything to do but walk, nature was handing me the opportunity to experience what was around me and I felt glad for that. The sky was an artistic mix of clouds, the promise of rain ahead. There was enough chill in the air that I had donned my fuzzy hat. Their were too many exquisite and perfect leaves to count, and it made me smile when the geese flew overhead sounding their familiar honk. I am always touched by how the simpliest things, a scattering of red and vibrant shades of orange on the ground, a kiss from my grandson or the sweetness of sitting and sipping tea in the morning while looking out the window, can fill me with gratitude.
Autumn is my very favorite season. The weather could not be better, the gorgeousness of the trees is beyond amazing and we celebrate the art of giving thanks. Looking at it from a seasonal perspective, fall is also the time of preparing for what comes next, readying what lies ahead. So I love to take time out at the end of wedding season to prepare myself for what comes next and to appreciate all I have.
Ok I'm just gonna say it...I have the best life. I am blessed in so many ways. This year my 84 year old mother moved from 2 hours away to our town to live with my youngest sister. Having her here and back in my life after some distance, has been wonderful. I treasure all the moments I have getting to know her a bit better and feel grateful to be helping her through this aging transition which I know is not easy for her.
I have a loving, generous, fun, and adventure-seeking partner who is my biggest fan.
I have two sisters, two great kids, a terrific grandson and numerous neices, nephews, son-in-law and girlfriends. I feel so supported and part of a special community and every moment of time spent with any one of them, is a treat, and time well spent is a very valuable commodity.
I have such wonderful clients. I would love to list each and every one of them right here thanking them for being in my life and for inviting me into theirs. It is truly a priviledge for me to work with each and every one of them, to share their emotions and to tell their stories. I am so lucky.
And maybe best of all, I get to wake up each and every day knowing that it is a new day that I get to create, a new day of digging deep, to tell a story, a day of writing that story in a way that weaves in all the intricacies, a day in which I might get to meet new people, with new and inspiring stories and I am so grateful to be the storyteller.
I am wishing each and every one of you buckets of moments in which you can be still and feel gratitude for your lives and that those moments will stay with you, carrying you through any storms passing through.
As Brene Brown said "I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness -- it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude."