Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
Every season has its own particular beauty and, while I enjoy each one in turn, I have always especially loved autumn. There is something about the ever-changing colours of the trees and the fresh crispness of the air that makes me want to take long, slow morning walks and ponder the ever-changing nature of life.
Fall has always been my favourite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.
During summer people spend a lot more time outside. There is more activity, more frivolity, and while, like everyone else, I enjoy the increased joie du vivre that the sunshine brings, I find myself craving the more subdued days of autumn. The days grow shorter but evenings take on a cosier, more contained feel that suits my introverted, slightly hermitic, nature. The colour of the world is earthier and filled with red, yellow, terracotta, rusty browns and all the rich hues of warmth and comfort. Nature’s deep sleep and the bare silence of winter have not yet arrived; life is still in abundance, but it is an older, wiser life. While spring is full of joy and the frantic activity of new life, autumn’s joy is quieter; a deep contentment of the heart.
Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.
William Cullen Bryant
Autumn is often associated poetically with melancholy and as a time of reflection between the end of summer and the beginning of winter. Or, metaphorically, the time between the prime of life and death, when one accepts the inevitability of age and mortality. Yet, it can also be a time of new beginnings. As someone who works in a school, the year for me begins in September and offers all the promise of a new blank notebook with its clean unmarked pages. It is the marriage of these two perspectives which I find particularly potent – the combination of new possibilities and reflective contemplation which creates the potential to live a life filled with awareness and gratitude.