Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Live in the Moment

Autumn is definitely the most bittersweet season.

Each new day, the lingering sunshine becomes more precious. Soon, the dark days of winter will be here and we will long for the warmth of the sun.

The air gets cooler and cooler in the mornings, making it harder to get out from under the warm, soft covers.

Just the thought that Christmas is around the corner makes me nervous. There's always so much to do and to prepare. Then there's the economy and a return of the old feelings of "not enough."

When all these thoughts begin to whirl around in my head, that's the signal to stop.  I tell myself to just remain in the moment.

I light an orange cinnamon candle on the table in the hall.  Also on the hall table is a funky little autumn angel doll. There are leaves all over the pattern of her dress. Her smiley face makes me smile.

Inside the oven, a sour cream coffee cake with cinnamon streusal layers fills the house with yummy fragrance.

Looking out the kitchen window, a bolt of late afternoon sunshine envelops me in golden light. Breathing deeply, I know that everything will get done and if it doesn't, it'll be okay anyway.

Taking one day at a time, or even one moment at a time, makes sense.  It's better than letting in chaos, worry, and "not enough" thinking.

Just like the autumn leaves that are tumbling down from the trees in droves, it's time to just let go. It's also time to savor each moment of autumn that is left.



Dayle said...

Our autumn lingers here a bit longer, which makes me most happy, but I was thinking today how close Christmas is and I almost hit the panic button. Your post confirms there's no need to do that. Just go with the flow and stay in the moment.

Love it!

Linda O'Connell said...

I too panic at the thought of being housebound in winter. But for some reason, as much as I dislike snow, I am in the mood to decorate with my stuffd snowmen. I won't, because I will tire of them too soon. I shall wait three weeks and have soemthing to look forward to. The MOMENT is all any of us have. Thanks for the reminder.

Debbie said...

I just lost my comment to the eternal black hole for comments.
I just wanted to say this post is great! I love the anticipation of the holidays, but feel that I will miss the blessings in each day if I get too worked up over what's coming. It's a conscious effort to live moment by moment.
We all need this reminder to slow down, and just breath.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

diane said...

I do not worry or fuss about holidays anymore in my old age. Whatever will be will be is my motto. We do not have winter in sunny California so I'm very blessed to live here.

Richard Cottrell said...

Ms. S. I have to say I am soryy as I have not been by for awhile. Just been busy and , well lazy I guess. I am so glad you have taken the time to visit me and leave such a sweet comment. I wish you were closer so you could come by and have some ice cream out of that set. Nothing would please me more. Always welcome, thanks. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Terri Tiffany said...

I do but am trying or I will drive myself crazy!!! I can't even begin to think of Christmas with so much else going on.

Chatty Crone said...

I know exactly what you are saying -you can get all caught up in the stress of the moment - and if you can just stop and smell the roses - things are so much better.


Rebecca said...

Living in the moment - definitely the best strategy for me - no matter WHAT the season!

List-making really helps me. In my "anxious moments", I am trying to remember to pray and make lists instead of being immobilized by them.

It helps!

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