Last Thursday was the first day of fall, or autumn depending on where you are from. I celebrated as I always do with my first Starbucks salted caramel mocha.
This week, I have enjoyed cooler weather. By Texas standards, it’s cooler weather anyway. I’m just happy when the lows drop to the 50s and the highs stay below 90, so this was a wonderful week. I wouldn’t mind for it to be a little cooler than that, but it’s a start.
The beginning of the fall season is my favorite time of year. It’s easy to fall in love (see what I did there) with the scents of this season and the colors. I have already been using the Scentsy Welcome Home scent in the kitchen. Michael came home on Monday and exclaimed with a big smile on his face, “It feels like fall outside and it smells like fall inside!” And I changed our bedding to deeper colors as well as the placemats on the dining table.
I realized that these rituals are a part of what makes fall such a wonderful season to me. I don’t give the other seasons as fair of a shot, to be honest. I have a few things I do – I change the bedding and the placemats in the spring, I also have different decor for the major holidays throughout the year that tends to be in season-based colors. But I don’t have scents or drinks that I attribute to each season. I want to change that.
Because I realized that these fun little traditions I have to welcome the fall also help me appreciate the small joys in my life. One of the ways I deal with my grief is identifying the tiny gratitudes in my day, looking for God’s presence in my present. So, I want to be more intentional in identifying small joys in the seasons, months, and weeks of the year.
I can be intentional about this in many ways. Having particular things I do each day, celebrating holidays (even the silly ones), remembering anniversaries, celebrating the beginning of the seasons, participating in activities or traditions that happen around a particular time of year. Each of these things can help me appreciate the passage of time as well as be aware of God’s blessings in the small things. And especially be aware of God’s presence in my journey, not matter what season I am in.
What is your favorite season? Do you have a scent or something you eat or drink to celebrate that season? I’m looking for ideas for the other parts of the year!