Why Gratitude?

Have you ever wondered why gratitude is an important attribute? Have you considered gratitude in the context of grief? Do you think you have little for which to be thankful? Well, if that is the case, perhaps start with being grateful for the small things of life! If you have more important, perhaps monumental reasons for which you are thankful, lucky you! It doesn’t matter if your gratitudes are small or large, we always have room for more. Whether your gratitude muscle needs exercise or it is bursting with abundance, treasure all of them in your heart. Here are some thoughts on gratitude as well as being thankful when experiencing grief.

Quotes on Thankfulness

  1. For my part, I am almost contented now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever. Charlotte Bronte
  2. The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become. Robert Holden
  3. When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. Willie Nelson
  4. Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. Eckhart Tolle
  5. We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. Thornton Wilder
  6. This is a wonderful day, I’ve never seen this one before. Maya Angelou
  7. Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it. Stephen Richards
  8. Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. Oprah Winfrey
  9. Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. William Arthur Ward
  10. Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault

Gratitude Even During Grief

Sometimes when we are in the midst of grief, gratitude may be the last thing on our minds. Through a series of serendipitous happenings, I found myself creating a daily list of ten things for which I was thankful while our son was in hospice. It seemed a shock to my system to even consider this. However, I will say it was one of the most transformative actions I’ve ever taken in my life. If a mother who is anticipating the death of her child can list gratitudes, then anyone can.

During hard times, it is too easy to feel sorry for ourselves. Searching for reasons for which to be thankful broadens our scope to truly see what is before us. Remember these quotes tell us that gratitude can be heart warming and life altering as a transformative practice. We become present, feel alive and induce abundance. Being thankful creates a sense of wonder and limitless potential.

Just last night, my husband and I watched a movie which was an old favorite of our son’s. I could have been sad watching it. However, I chose differently. There was a scene that struck me as hysterical, simply because of memories of our son imitating this silly scene. It felt so good to gratefully laugh about the memories.

Remember the benefits of gratitude. Anything upon which we place our attention tends to multiply. Gratitude begets more gratitude. Concentrating on loss multiplies loss. Be grateful for what you had, what you have and what you will have, but mostly be grateful for now!

For further reading on gratitude, check out Gratitude for Hard Times.

Compassionate Medicine

More compassionate medicine may be here soon. There are amazing diagnostic tests currently under development. These could greatly alter the landscape of patient care. Cancer treatments should drastically change!

Compassionate Tests

The first one I found is from the U.S. Mayo Clinic. Galleri is an early detection blood test. It can detect more than fifty types of cancer with 89% accuracy! Galleri coasts $949.00. https://www.foxbusiness.com/healthcare/mayo-clinic-galleri-blood-test-cancer Currently, the United States only recommends five different types of cancer screenings. These older tests are capable of screening only one type at a time. According to this source, cancers that are not commonly screened for cause 71% of the cancer deaths.

Secondly, another test is from Japan’s Hirotsu Bio Science. Researchers discovered a roundworm attraction to cancerous tumors. These worms can sense cancer odor in human urine. The test costs $90. It is 96% effective. Breast, lung, stomach, colon and pancreatic cancers are among those detected. https://www.newsweek.com/cancer-screening-kit-blind-worms-smell-pee-1478298

Thirdly, the Japanese company, Toshiba, is developing a test. It uses a single drop of blood. Gastric, esophageal, lung, liver, biliary tract, pancreatic, and bowel cancers are found. It also detects ovarian, prostate, bladder and breast cancers as well as sarcoma and glioma. This particular test is 99% accurate. The cost is 20,000 yen or $175.58 in U.S. dollars. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/11/25/business/corporate-business/toshiba-test-cancer-blood/

Current Tests in Medicine

The above mentioned tests are still being studied. Surely the tests will be integrated into the marketplace soon. Cancer care may be dramatically different. Many cancers do not have an early, effective way to detect them. I especially know that about pancreatic cancer. It took doctors two years to detect it in our son.

Currently, the average CT scan in the US costs $3,275. An MRI runs $1,325. An ERCP averages $5,326. (The ERCP is a procedure to diagnose and treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas.) All these tests have a downside besides the expense. There initially needs to be a huge biological clue as to what tests need to be done.

Future Compassionate Medicine

Importantly, the new blood and urine tests are extremely broad based! They are easy and accurate. These tools cause little patient discomfort. A simple blood draw or urine sample is especially patient friendly. Currently, the search for cancerous cells feels akin to finding a needle in a hay stack.

Additionally, these new tests are more affordable. They now range from $90 to $949. Certainly, these tests will be welcome!

In conclusion, all three tests find cancer earlier. Maybe elementary changes in diet, exercise, or mindset could offset the ailments! Each test detects multiple types of cancer. These tests are easier on the patients’ bodies and budgets. More compassionate medicine will surely be here soon!

Grief and Time: Past, Present, Future?

How does grief affect your sense of time? Are you usually contemplating time with a sense of past, present or future? Turning back our clocks from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time made me wax philosophical with our sense of time.

Time and Grief: Past

Do you tend to live more in the past, present or the future? For those of us who have lost a loved one, it is so easy to wish to turn back the clocks to relive our lives with them. We sigh or tear up and reminisce the good times when they were with us. Perhaps viewing old photos or videos may take us to the past. Some may need counseling or therapy to handle the additional stress of grief in their lives. Here is a wonderful resource for grief coping strategies: https://positivepsychology.com/grief-counseling/

Pondering the Future

Sometimes you may be tempted to ignore your current life and strongly desire to be with your loved one in the afterlife. While this may be a longing, it simply is not your healthiest alternative as a focus.

When our thoughts dwell too much in the past or the future, it can lower the quality of our lives by ignoring the present. Let’s ponder the wisdom of living in the present.

Quotes on the Present

  1. If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is to be present in the present. Gratefully. Maya Angelou
  2. The great science to live happily is to live in the present. Pythagoras
  3. Don’t count the days, make the days count. Muhammed Ali
  4. If you’ve got a today, don’t wear it tomorrow. Tomorrow never happens. It’s all the same day. Janis Joplin
  5. Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift. Oprah Winfrey
  6. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. Abraham Maslow
  7. Today is the blocks with which we build. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  8. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past and not enough presence. Eckhart Tolle
  9. I am going to keep having fun every day I have left, because there is no other way of life. You just have to decide whether you are a Tigger or an Eeyore. Randy Pausch
  10. What day is it? “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. Piglet & Winnie the Pooh

Just as Winnie the Pooh, may you find all of your todays as your favorite day!

Word Harvest

Sometimes a single word can prompt an entire blog post. The word was harvest. I deemed this word quite appropriate as we are in the midst of harvest season. Most of the soybeans in our area are gathered from the fields. As I sit here writing, a corn field to my east has been cleared of crops. To my south, the field is awaiting a combine to glean the good to fill wagon after wagon with harvested corn.

Imagine a corn or soybean farmer during harvest. How surprised would they be to gather a bin full of turnips instead of corn or beans! Our words are no different!

Words are quite powerful. Have you ever thought about what you may harvest with your words? Sometimes we humans, in being human, may forget that our tongues have the potential to hinder as well as to construct. Our words may plant either inner turmoil or peace, depending upon our choices. Let’s check out some quotes on the power of words.

Harvest Some Word Quotes

  1. Words are seeds that do more than blow around. They land in our hearts and not the ground. Be careful what you plant and careful what you say. You might have to eat what you planted one day. Unknown
  2. Your words become your world. Nadeem Kazi
  3. Words are containers for power, you choose what kind of power they carry. Joyce Meyer
  4. If you believe in the power of words, you can bring about physical changes in the universe. H. Scott Momaday
  5. Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa
  6. Speak to yourself like someone you love. Encourage yourself, motivate yourself, and uplift yourself with your words. ATGW
  7. Language creates reality. Words have power. Speak always to create joy. Deepak Chopra
  8. The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Anonymous
  9. I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it until it begins to shine. Emily Dickinson
  10. Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. Rumi

My Words

Sometimes we do not know the impact of our words until we’ve already uttered them. Just as anyone else, I’m certain all of us have uttered words which we wished we hadn’t. I prefer to focus on a few which are from the positive realm. One that comes to mind is from a graduation gift thank-you from a former student. This student thanked me for “teaching him to love art”! Did I ask my students, “Do you love art” as an everyday comment? No, but apparently my actions and attitudes spoke of this love and I am grateful that it must have been contagious.

I will share one more, one of my favorite. When our dear son was no older than one-and-a-half, I was holding him up to look in the mirror. I asked him, “Who is that?” You will never guess how he responded. He replied, “Honey”! I truly did not realize that I must have called him Honey more often than his given name. Well, I giggled and told him, “Oh, Honey, your real name is James!”

We must ponder what our words may plant for us as well as for others. Like Emily Dickinson, gaze at a single one of your written words until it shines! May you reap a bountiful harvest from your carefully chosen words!

Apple Tree Postscript

Well, here is my apple tree postscript. Oh, the irony does not escape me. The very year my apple tree sonnet appeared in print was the very year our poor old tree lived her last. In fact, the photo has the publication placed upon the tree stump.

You may have read my recent post with the full text version of this marvelous true story. Here it is the essay if you have not: The Mirror Tree. Many times it is a fun writing exercise to write the same story in a different format. Rather than the essay in this earlier post, today’s sonnet is sort of like the Reader’s Digest condensed version. Perhaps it could also be considered a Cliff’s Notes edition. Sometimes a writing could be only a portion of it as in a lone chapter of a story.

I decided to share two poems in chronological order. Here is an earlier poem which could be considered a mere chapter in the life of our apple tree.

The Summer of One Lone Apple

A challenging spring
     too cold, too wet.
The apple tree
Full of blooms,
     petals tossed to the wind.
Two apples,
     the season's only produce.
One lies golden
     upon the ground,
     ready and ripe.
The other hangs
     high in the tree,
     gathering nourishment.
I think myself an apple tree
     this summer.
I bore two.
One is leaving.
The other still clings.

I wrote this one shortly after our oldest child left for college.

Well, back then, I was very amazed that a tree could actually parallel happenings in one’s life. At that time, little did I know this was only the beginning of how nature could mirror life’s occurrences.

My Apple Tree Sonnet

Now, just as my essay mentioned earlier, my sonnet presents the entire life cycle of our apple tree. Since this poem uses far fewer words, I had to choose only the most pertinent (and delicious, since it is about a yellow delicious tree, after all)!

Apple Tree Reflections

Our apple tree was planted when our son
was five. Then multitudes of sweetness filled 
our lives, as buckets brimmed with juicy sun.
Delicious, yellow orbs of crispness stilled
our hunger. Satisfied and high with life.
This fruiting wonder overflowed our carts,
as crisps and sauces yielded from my knife.
The days, the months and years sped quick as darts.

The year our son was college bound, this tree
had only two - as me - and then one fell.
When tree was thirty-three it ceased to be.
That year our son escaped his earthly shell.
This tree as good as dead, revived next year!
She's teaming full of life as loved ones dear!

First Publication Rights, Lyrical Iowa 2021, publication of Iowa Poetry Association (First Place Sonnets)

Just a note on the time line, our tree actually lived five more years after that heart-breaking summer. Dear tree, may you grow many delicious apples for our loved ones on the other side of the veil, most especially our son.

A Taste of Peace

Who would like a taste of peace? I know I would! Come and read along with me. Let’s see what some notable people have to say about peace!

  1. If you are depressed, you are living in the past if you are anxious you are living in the future, if you are at peace, you are living in the present. Lao Tzu
  2. When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. Jimi Hendrix
  3. While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. St. Francis of Assissi
  4. There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton
  5. If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal. John Lennon
  6. If you want to end the war then instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers. Malala Yousafzai (17 year-old Nobel Peace Laureate)
  7. Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. Albert Einstein
  8. If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. Nelson Mandela
  9. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa
  10. When you make peace with yourself, you make peace with the world. Maha Ghosananda

Resources for Tastes of Peace

You may be curious as to how Malala Yousafzai became the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Laureate. This is her story. https://malala.org/malalas-story

In conclusion, I’ve heard that peace is an inside job. Here a favorite site on achieving inner peace. Many of the tips are things that certainly do bring me peace of mind. https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/40-ways-achieve-peace-mind-and-inner-calm.html The “Arts and Society” blog post listed below is an interview with Dr. Kevin Shorner-Johnson who started the focus upon the “intersection of peacebuilding and music education” at Elizabethtown University. May you find a taste of peace by sampling some of these delectable bits of advice!

Transform Fear

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to transform fear? Please allow me to help. Have you ever dealt with extreme fear? I have. I don’t mean a momentary fear when you observe a near crash or a narrow escape. That kind of fear is more fleeting. I mean the kind of fear when you fear losing someone. That is the kind of fear that has the potential to linger. This is the type of fear I experienced when our son was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

When I felt this, the most extreme case of fear I’ve ever had, I learned what fear can do to our bodies. I could not eat or sleep properly. My weight dropped, my hair began thinning. Until I changed my thoughts and my mind set, I suffered with fear. Essentially, I found that fear was shutting off my spark of life. Let’s start to transform fear by looking at some quotes.

Ten Quotes to Transform Fear

  1. Fear and love can never be experienced at the same time. It is always our choice as to which of these emotions we want. Gerald Jampolsky
  2. Fear is a detour, not a dead-end street. Zig Zigler
  3. Your fears are a kind of prison that confines you within a limited range of action. The less you fear, the more power you will have and the more fully you will live. Robert Greene
  4. Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. Dorothy Thompson
  5. But fear doesn’t need doors and windows. It works from the inside. Andrew Clements
  6. Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. William Shakespeare
  7. If you want to cure the world, don’t emanate fear emanate love. Ram Dass
  8. Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear. Isa Upanishad
  9. To fear is to expect punishment. To love is to know we are immersed not in darkness, but in light. Mother Teresa
  10. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Plato

My Freedom from Fear

The quotes which mention love and/or light as opposed to fear reflect my experiences in regards to transforming fear. It seemed that fear was actually the energetic opposite of love. Fear shut down the life force energy in my body, whereas love enhanced this energy.

What can you do to bring more love into your life? Perhaps you could follow your passion, be around kindhearted souls, find a place to connect to nature. Try to concentrate upon what you love rather than what you may fear.

Through my work with frequency healing, I found this YouTube video which can help to transform your fear. As with any frequency healing, please check with your doctor to be certain that your body can handle it. When listening to this, it is best to be in a reclining or a flat position.

As it has the potential of making one light headed, wait until the feeling passes before resuming activity. After I sampled several, this one proved t o be the most relaxing. In fact, it is also labeled as “sleep music”! May you find any fears harboring within you transformed!

Dr. Siegel’s Wisdom

Dr. Bernie Siegel’s wisdom has made him one of our family’s favorite doctors, and yet we’ve never set foot in his office. Our son loved listening to audio versions of his writings during his daily commute. This doctor is a popular and well known physician, an M.D., who has authored many books on wellness. His philosophy greatly aligns with what I have experienced. May you find comfort in ten of his quotes!

Dr. Siegel Says Body Communication is Two Way!

  1. The doctor I would want for myself or for anyone else I cared about would be one who understands that disease is more than just a clinical entity, it is an experience and a metaphor with a message that must be listened to.
  2. If you talk to your body, it will listen.

I love Dr. Siegel’s empowering message that we have the capacity to positively affect our own health. This uplifting concept more than likely had an impact on our son’s longevity during his illness. Illnesses speak to the fact that you’ve not been listening to your body. If your body needs a little attention, perhaps try having a chat with yourself! It may seem silly, but tell your body that you care for it and you love that it has been so supportive of you.

General Good Advice in Dr. Siegel’s Wisdom

  1. You can’t control the world, but when you control your thoughts, you bring order.
  2. The spiritual message is we lose our lives in pleasing others; if you’re the good child who pleases Mommy and Daddy but internalizes anger, you’re setting yourself up for disease.
  3. Stories change people while statistics give them something to argue about.

Again, his thoughts give the patient control over their health. He asks for us to feel into what our very own thoughts are doing to our bodies. This involves mentally doing a body scan and determining where you hurt. It also means paying attention to when you sense discomfort or tension and pondering what created the discomfort. This site tells how to do a body scan: https://draxe.com/health/body-scan-meditation/

As to stories, some of his books are filled with recounts of cancer patients who have successfully improved their health by using various tips Dr. Siegel recommended. He formed a group called ECaP. It stands for Exceptional Cancer Patients. Here is a resource detailing his group. https://healingartsreport.com/3-alternative-resources-for-cancer-patients/ It is always uplifting for patients to read the survivor stories, especially when compared to crying over fatality statistics.

Dr. Siegel’s Mind-Body Wisdom

  1. The mind and body are not separate units, but one integrated system. How we act and what we think, eat and feel are all related to our health. Physicians should be capable of teaching this behavior to patients. Mind-body medicine should not be an ‘alternative’ nor should complementary and integrative medicine be something doctors are not exposed to during their training.
  2. Traditional doctors say I’m a mystic. I don’t deny it. For me, consciousness is non-local, not limited to the body, and can exist independent of it.

I’ve noticed that much of the time the most successful health practices involve working with not only the body, but also the mind. Incidentally, Dr. Siegel also feeds the spirit in his work with patients.

Arts and Inspiration Wisdom

  1. Inspiration is the greatest gift because it opens your life to many new possibilities. Each day becomes more meaningful, and your life is enhanced when your actions are guided by what inspires you. True inspiration overrides all fears. When you are inspired, you enter a trance state and can accomplish things that you may never have felt capable of doing.
  2. One of the best ways to change is to act as if you are the person you want to become. When you behave as if you are a different person, you change on a very basic level – even your physiology changes. When actors and actresses perform, their body chemistry is altered by the roles they play.
  3. I use music in the operating room to help create a healing environment for patients and staff. There is a reason that certain heart rates are healthy and certain beasts of music heal and relax us.

I find Dr. Siegel’s Wisdom so refreshing when he validates the healing power of the arts. Isn’t it amazing that role playing can actually affect our physiology? Allow yourself to be inspired by the wisdom of Dr. Bernie Siegel!

WASH AWAY NEGATIVITY!

What if you could literally wash away negativity? Is something lingering that could be affecting your mood? Maybe you could begin to erase these bad feelings from your life! Here are four actions which could help to bring this wish to fruition.

Imagine Replacing Negativity with Positivity

As a former art teacher, I can tell you that most anything my students created in my classroom began with their imagination. Before an artwork is born, it must be conceived in the mind. When I have an idea for a piece of art, my brain must ruminate on various ideas. I play the “what if” game. What if I do my art this way, or that? Following this process, the idea for the art begins to come together. If I fall in love with the idea, the desire to actually bring it to form becomes stronger.

The same thing is true of replacing negativity with positivity. I must conceive how it may appear. My mind would play with ideas of how it may look. What if I tried this way or perhaps another way? What might any benefits be if I were to be successful? If I were to fall in love with the idea of transforming negativity into positivity, my desire could be easier to achieve.

Wash Negativity Away with Hydration

Believe it or not, being dehydrated can actually make us more negative! I know from personal experience that if a person is thirsty, it can bring out the cranky side. One of the very best solutions to dehydration is to consume some good old fashioned water. According to this website, https://solaramentalhealth.com/can-drinking-enough-water-help-my-depression-and-anxiety/ depression and anxiety can indeed be affected by a low level of water in our system! It can be pretty tough to maintain a positive nature if we are low on hydration. Our body, which is ideally up to 60% water, is simply not designed to optimally run if it is low on fluids. It would be akin to trying to drive our car if it was merely running on fumes. It simply doesn’t work.

Wash Away Negativity with a Soak

Another strategy to rid ourselves of negativity would be to soak in an epsom salts bath. Just as being properly hydrated flushes toxins out of the body, a relaxing epsom salts bath can also rid the body of unwanted toxins. Here is a great resource to explain how and why these salts are so healthy to use. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13952/why-everyone-should-try-an-epsom-salt-bath.html It can feel amazing to soak away the negativity!

Negativity Hertz…

Well, I should say, negativity hurts, but I have a special hertz frequency to help clear it! I listened to several options with the same frequency. The 417 Hertz one I chose has a relaxing background of ocean sounds.

I wasn’t super scientific with checking in with my body, as I decided to check it after I’d already started listening. None-the-less, my results were still good following listening for half an hour. My heart rate went from a bit greater than 80 beats per minute to a bit less than 60. With the ocean sounds, I immediately started imagining the water washing and relaxing me. My respiration changed from four cycles of inhale-exhale in a minute to only three! My body felt sparkly following the session! This was definitely a frequency worth revisiting.

Check with your doctor…

Again, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts with other various frequencies, check with your medical professional to be certain that your body can handle them. (No medical claims are made here.) As some frequencies can make a person quite mellow, it is necessary to be in a sitting or reclining position. Only resume activity after you ascertain that you are not light headed. You may be pleasantly surprised at the title of this: Cleanses Out All Negative Energy from Body and Home!

It seems that while our son was still in the earthly realm, I had an easier time maintaining my positivity. I was ultra focused on what I could do to help him. Now, it is helpful for me to utilize these steps: imagine, hydrate, soak and hertz til it doesn’t hurt any more! Good luck!

If you’d like to try some meditations with other frequencies, here are a few. HEALING AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: 639 HERTZ, Creativity 101 with 528 Hertz, PAIN: KNOCK IT DOWN – 174 HZ, Tuning into Healing: Grief.

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Ready for Autumn: 10 Quotes

Are you ready for autumn? Think about fall, that in between place where there is an equality between the light and the dark. What about getting a reprieve from the heat of summer? Let’s enjoy ten seasonal quotes in anticipation of the next three months!

  1. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground. Andrea Gibson
  2. Autumn is springtime in reverse. Terry Guillemet
  3. As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see. Vincent Van Gogh
  4. Give me juicy autumnal fruit, red and ripe from the orchard. Walt Whitman
  5. It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves! Winnie the Pooh
  6. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. George Eliot
  7. Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day. Shira Tamir
  8. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. John Muir
  9. Every leaf speaks bliss to me/Fluttering from the autumn tree. Emily Bronte
  10. Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar. Delia Owens

Ready? Autumn Wishes for you!

Are you ready for autumn yet? If you are in the northern hemisphere, may you revel in the glorious splashes of warm color. This is nature’s way of allowing the warmth of summer to linger at least visually. For those who live in the Midwestern United States’ corn belt, give yourself a moment near a cornfield. Take in the sounds of the season, listening to the dry leaves rustle in the gentle breeze. May we be like Winnie and Walt by indulging in timely fall season treats! Here is a link for some fall family oriented outdoor activities: https://cafemom.com/lifestyle/214827-affordable-outdoor-activities. WATCHING THE RIVER RUN is another post of mine describing the beauty of all four seasons in our area. Allow all these experiences to shake you alive with wonder. Last, but not least, no matter where you live, remember to dance and soar as a freely flying leaf of fall!

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