Having lived in Florida for almost ten years, I have never experienced a true “autumn”. Of course, being born and raised in a tropical country doesn’t help either. I only see it in the movies or in photos, read about it in magazines or hear about it from friends. I remember looking at all the vibrant colors in awe and then at the same time appalled at all the mess the leaves have created! Thats the “OCD” in me rearing its ugly head.
In the past, we’ve visited New York, Virginia and Washington DC in the fall but they were very quick short trips to see friends and family so it wasn’t just to go see the leaves. I did get a nice prelude to all the color changes.
Fast forward today, my hubby and I are currently located in Asheville, North Carolina. We’ve been here for more than three months now having extended our original thirteen week contract for a couple more weeks. Being travel nurses has given us the opportunity to work and see different places in this country.
As I am writing this post, I am facing the window overlooking the parking lot. It is not just your ordinary boring concrete parking lot by all means as I have the mountains from a distance and lots of trees scattered all over the property.
Two weeks later, here it is.
I cannot help but feel so giddy every time I see the trees with all the varying shades of autumn…Reds, Rusts, Yellows, Golds, Oranges, Browns. They always manage to bring a smile on my face. I think of how blessed we are to be able to enjoy all these beauty, to see the changing of the leaves, to feel the crisp cool mountain air, to simply just be.
The beauty of autumn reminds us that life is a cycle. No matter how many leaves fall to the ground to prepare the trees for winter, it will soon be over and then life begins anew. No matter how many obstacles and challenges we face, it is not the end of the world, there will be another chance for a new beginning, to make it right.
Like autumn, we can be vibrant and colorful and inspire.
“Every leaf speaks
bliss to me,
the autumn tree”