As I sit here, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the current season, I am reminded of the importance of embracing the present moment and finding contentment in the ever-changing nature of life. Nature, in all its splendor, has a remarkable way of teaching us valuable lessons. The season we find ourselves in is no exception. Whether it's the vibrant colors of autumn leaves or the gentle breeze of spring, each season offers its own unique beauty, charm and importance. It is a reminder that life, much like nature, is a cycle of growth and transformation. In this very moment, I find myself immersed in the wonders of the present season. While I'm excited for fall and want to hurry toward all of the new cozy things, I feel like it's important to embrace the remainder of summer. It can be hard to find beauty in endings. Most of my garden has gone to seed and looks rather dreary (see sad sunflower above). The excitement of a fresh garden has long passed but there is peace in knowing that the sun-seared blossoms are feeding the birds, replenishing the soil and reseeding the earth. It's when things are winding down that we must look a little deeper for meaning to find those nuggets of wisdom that serve us moving forward. Soon, this season, like all others will give way to a new chapter but we must be present in the time that is here or we'll turn the page unequipped for the adventures ahead. I encourage you to take a moment to appreciate the season you are in — both in nature and in life, whether you're at the beginning of a cycle, deeply immersed in it or nearing its completion. Find peace in the small moments like the sight of birds eating seeds from a droopy sunflower. Allow yourself to be fully present, savoring the sensations and emotions that each season brings. Remember, contentment is not about having everything we desire, but rather about finding happiness and fulfillment in what we already possess.
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