Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A corny pun and self analyses

This fall I am turning over a new leaf (ha ha)...

I am realizing more and more that my life has begun to diminish to little more than my AP class, schoolwork, and busy schedules. I have barely gotten to enjoy the beauty of my favorite season so far, and that fact is what saddens me the most.

So what have I done to fix this little issue?
Well after promptly completing all my school stuff, I donned my scarf and boots and stepped outside. I crunched atop the newly fallen leaves with the deepest satisfaction I have had in weeks. Stress completely flew out the window and peace... peace set right in. I am going to set aside time to do this as often as possible. To just sit and absorb the crisp air, neighborhood noises, and take advantage of the most easily accessible beauty right here at home.

Sometimes, all I need is a little nature. Isn't it funny how all we have to do is step right outside sometimes to find all the focus we have been looking for?

May you get to step outside just once this week... and turn over a new leaf this beautiful season.



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and a totally unrelated picture that makes me smile every time...

12 comments:

  1. Great post. I think a lot of people should just step outside and breath some fresh air in. Don't stay inside all the time. :) Thank you for the reminder!

    ps: love that dog, so cute.

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  2. I'm going to suggest this to my daughter who just started high school this year. I think everyone could use a break like that every now and then!

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  3. hi there friend!
    my husband just went to a retirement party, for his high school AP teacher. he taught a few of her classes for her, and it was a delight to see them together. : ) i love that you are out enjoying the autumn. have fun, friend.
    XO

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  4. smiling here, too ... what a fun photo

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  5. You have all the fun in the world outside girl. The world is your playground.
    And that doggie is toooo adorable.
    Hugs D.

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  6. smiling right now...what a cute photo.

    Autumn is the season that prompts change. Reminds us that life is change.

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  7. So true. Love the outdoors.
    Is that a Dachshund? My childhood pet was Frank von Furter.

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  8. Nature is a wonderful healer. Have you read Ralph Waldo Emerson's aptly-titled essay called "Nature"? I think you'd like it:

    "To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food. In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows. Nature says, -- he is my creature, and maugre all his impertinent griefs, he shall be glad with me. Not the sun or the summer alone, but every hour and season yields its tribute of delight; for every hour and change corresponds to and authorizes a different state of the mind, from breathless noon to grimmest midnight. Nature is a setting that fits equally well a comic or a mourning piece. In good health, the air is a cordial of incredible virtue. Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. I am glad to the brink of fear. In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth. Within these plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years. In the woods, we return to reason and faith."

    (Sorry for the long quote...it's so hard to reduce that amazing man to brief quotes!) :)

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  9. Kristin- no apologizing is necessary! what a wonderful quote... I am so thankful you shared it with me. Ralph Waldo Emerson has always been one of my favorites, and this has made me love him even more. Those words spoke to my soul.

    Thank you so much!
    xoxo

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  10. I like your blog, is interesting.

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  11. Yes, an adorable picture. And, great, great nails, too.

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  12. that picture is adorable :) melt my heart!

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