|Autumn at home - photo credit Karen Horn|
Then I realized that I am now firmly in autumn in my life seasons, as well. Hmm... How did that happen? Where did summer go?
Two things have happened recently that have made me think more about the seasons of life.
First, I've been spending some time visiting at a rehab hospital that also includes long-term care, which has given me more than a glimpse at life's winter season. Not pretty for many but as with other seasons, each person's experience is largely based on attitude. While some folks choose to continue to live their life despite failing health, others choose to simply exist. When I reach winter, I want to be in the first group.
Secondly, a woman I've known several decades just died unexpectedly at the young age of 71. Although I intend to live to 100, you just never know how much time you really have left. Rather than being depressed by this fact, I'm reminded of how important it is to really live each day.
So... I'm embracing autumn. Care to join me?