Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Beginnings: A Season of Blessings





       Two days ago, I watched through my kitchen window as the leaves of my pecan tree fell to the ground like rain.  It was a strange site because it wasn't raining and there was no wind blowing; yet, the leaves were a constant stream, flowing with the speed and consistency of a well running machine.  By the time they quit falling, the leaves were like a gently placed quilt, blanketing the ground and the tree was nearly bare.  I was fascinated and couldn't tear myself away.   As I watched, I couldn't help but think about what those falling leaves symbolized, at least for me.


     Some might see the falling leaves as the end - the end of the beautiful fall colors - the end of warm autumn days.   I prefer to look at them as a beginning.  I believe the falling leaves signal the passing from one season to another; from the season of change and color, to the season of thanksgiving and blessings.   I love this time of year when everyone begins to show the gratitude and expressions of thanksgiving that are often forgotten the rest of the year.    Not that people don't appreciate their blessings the rest of the year, I know they do.  It's just that the months of November and December seem to bring a much deeper awareness and a greater tendency to share their gratitude openly.

     I love November and December because I love the excitement and anticipation of Christmas and the warm feelings it brings.  Everyone seems just a little kinder, a little more thoughtful, and a lot happier.   Maybe it's my inner child, but I look forward to this time of year with the same unbridled enthusiasm as my grandchildren.  I still get excited over cute or elaborate decorations and I can't wait to start playing Christmas music; some of the most beautiful music ever written.  One of my favorite guilty pleasures is watching the corny Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel.   But my very favorite event of the season is definitely the get-togethers with family and friends. 

     Spending time with loved ones is the most important time spent.  Luckily, the season from Thanksgiving to Christmas provides many opportunities for just that.  The laughter, warm hugs, good food and memories shared provide us immeasurable blessings.   And, the fact that we all like to win at board games always makes for an interesting time.

     As we approach this season of love and thanksgiving, may we all remember to not get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that we forget what the season is really about.   Remember to let those you love know how much you love and appreciate them.  Thank God constantly for the wonderful blessings in your life.  Even through the hard times we have so much to be thankful for. 



     Too often we go into this season just like the leaves falling from my pecan tree - in a whirlwind.  This year, slow down and enjoy life.   Spend your time wisely on who and what is really important to you.  Let yourself enjoy the festivities without the stress of worrying about every little detail. 

     Finally, let me close by telling each of you how much I appreciate and love you.   My world is just a little more blessed this year because you are in it.

Until next time...that's my view.
Kat





Written for this week's GBE2 prompt - Beginnings








17 comments:

  1. Telling those we love how much we appreciate them. It really is so important. And showing it, too. Truly showing it.

    Lovely post.

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  2. Thank you for this post. I get terribly depressed this time of year (I love my sun), and fall into a funk. The reminders of all that we have to look forward too sank in.

    You optimist, you.

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    1. Thank you Marianne. There really is a lot to be thankful for this time of year.

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  3. Lucky you. Here in Manila it's always hot and though it is November, the tree and plant life are as green as ever in the 95 degree heat. C'mon rain!

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    1. As much as I complain about the extreme heat or the extreme cold, I'm not sure I would like the seasons never changing. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Unlike Marianne, I can't say I am uplifted thinking of the holidays ahead, but I will say it makes me smile to know you are happy. I will also say it takes a good heart to look at all the bare trees and see hope and I hear that you do that.

    I do love reading your views and this is no exception.
    Oh, almost forgot...I love you and I am so very blessed to count you among my irreplaceable friends. ♥

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    1. Thank you Jo. I am very blessed to have you in my life. You are a dear friend. I wish there was something I could do to make you feel better about the season.

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  5. Me too Kat. I see it as a new season not just the end of something. I also think the holiday season is awesome. I love the feelings, the smells, the noise and even the people (when they are nice that is).
    I love reading and sorry I don't stop by often enough.
    Take care Kat and have a blessed evening!

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    1. I am always glad to hear from you whenever you can stop by. I'm sorry I don't get to your blog as much as I would like. I do think of you though and always count you as a friend.

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  6. This is always such a wonderful time of year. Sometimes hectic, as you say it should be savored, enjoyed, and appreciated. I am thankful for you.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Kathy. I am thankful for you too.

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  7. I too love the smell and the emotion of the season. Thank you for reminding us all to slow down and revel in it.

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    1. You are most welcome. Now, if I can only head my own advice!

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  8. I love this time of the year, too. Every season, really.

    This was wonderful, Kat. Like so much of your writing, this is filled with heart and warmth, and your kind, wonderful spirit shines brightly. I'm so grateful to count you amongst my friends. Love you bunches!

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    1. I love you bunches too, Beth. One day I hope we can meet just like Jo and I did!

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  9. That is an excellent reminder, Kat, for my metaphorically-driven mind.

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