there is an emptiness. A change in the air, the sky, the trees, the grass, the morning, that reminds us that time is passing.
In a few short weeks, it will be winter and before that even, all of the color of Autumn will be gone. The trees will become bare, the landscape brown, colorless and bleak, but …
In those long months of seemingly colorless moments, there is a beauty that can only be found in Winter.
Just as each season has its own to offer, Winter is no different.
The trees will be bare of leaves and standing tall and proud, naked sentries during the cold and dreary months of winter.
And then there is snow.
Snow cannot be discounted as one of the most marvelous sights of all creation.
Mornings quieted under a blanket of white that transcends all rational thought. How can something be so silent and still be so beautiful?
The sound of snow falling, the soft “pfft” it makes as it falls, one flake upon another until there are inches to be measured, is a sound of solace.
It reminds me a bit of a piano. It is no secret that I love the piano and have a deep and awe-inspired respect for piano players. And the snow, as it makes its soft sound while falling makes music that nothing else in nature can duplicate.
I look forward to the snow, laying heavy on the bare branches of the trees, covering the brown grass and leaving the road white, tire and animal tracks evident in its otherwise malevolent stillness.
October is gone, November is here and before we can be fully accustomed to the cold of winter, the tulips of spring will be blooming.
Mother Nature will have her turn again come springtime, but the here and now belongs to Old Man Winter.
He is a shrewd and unpredictable one and I tend to think he likes it that way.
Although October has officially ended, I feel the need to share one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists just to make it official.
Enjoy the remnants of Autumn, relish every day, live every moment and take nothing for granted.
There is, after all, no promise of another day so in actuality, this may very well be the last one.
Look at it, really look at it and see the beauty that surrounds you. There will never be a moment exactly like the one we are in now. Time marches on.
That is what time does. Don’t hold its nature against it. Instead, embrace it and enjoy each segment as though it were the last.
There can, if each moment is enjoyed and embraced, be no regrets for a life not lived.
Until next time, be well, my friends … be well.