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A change is in the air. A great mellowing is at work. It’s in the breeze, in the trees, inside each and every one of us. And somewhere, not far off, the smoke of backyard firepits is seasoning the darkening sky. Autumn.

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Autumn

Each year autumn arrives all bluster and invites us to stay outside and enjoy a few more days of colour and light. Some deem the season after summer in the prairies as “fall.” All too quickly, leaves change colour and fall to the ground, where they await to be raked into clear plastic bags or bonfires. In autumn we go back to school, back to work, and back to the future.

Beach chairs are packed away while envisioning next summer’s dreams. We unpack our woollen socks. In autumn we stop to watch the trees and their painted leaves. We watch the skies for geese and listen for rain. We settle into long pants, sturdy boots and trusty raincoats. This time of year, we remember our love for pumpkin spice in lattes and pies. We purchase bushels of apples and bake with buckets of cinnamon.

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Routines

Each year, Autumn reminds us to return to routines that anchor our lives in time. We relive glory days. We gather together in September stadiums, and around October tables. In the shadow of shortening days we retell tales of gridiron glory and harvest bounty.

Autumn is the story of life, of how endings follow beginnings and time always leads to new beginnings. Autumn gives us a better perspective on the full story of our lives – discovery and loss; sacrifice and surprise; an eternal rhythm that keeps us whole.

This autumn, harvest all the light and life, and goodness that you can. Embrace the season for all its worth before the winds of winter begin to billow.

What do you like about Autumn? Or do you like to call it Fall? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.

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Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 43 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

4 Comments

  • Shauna says:

    I call my favourite season ‘fall’; despite this it is the most uplifting for me.

  • Bob Jones says:

    OK. I can go with that. 🙂 Glad you feel uplifted this time of the year.

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  • Julie MacKenzie says:

    I love Fall! Although, we called it Autumn when we were young kids. The cooler temperatures, less insects (especially those pesky mosquitoes), and the beautiful colours. It’s always great to see everyone parked by the side of the road along 97 Street by Griesbach…taking photos with all the beautiful coloured trees. I have done that with my young kids & our family dog. Fall always meant the start of a new school year, getting back into the routine after 2 months of summer vacation. New backpacks & school supplies, new school clothes, & new runners. And making more friends. Now, it’s just me & my dog Rusty enjoying calmer more relaxing days. Been there, done that. I figure, I have finally deserved this peaceful & tranquil time in my life now. With less issues to worry about & not so frantic…driving kids here, there & everywhere. It’s a great time of my life…but, still dealing with life’s joys & drama sometimes. I know that life just keeps me on my toes & I am always up for the challenge. Bring it on…I love my life.

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