As I walked outside this morning, I breathed deeply and inhaled the crisp October air. The chilly air made me thankful for the warm coffee mug in my hands. I closed my eyes and inhaled the smell of damp earth and dying vegetation. The air was still, the morning quiet, and I felt a smile tug at my mouth because I realized I felt perfectly at peace in the moment.
Too often lately, I’ve been so caught up in all the chaos of life that I’ve forgotten what it means to just be in the moment. With school, work, and children, I’ve been so busy for the past couple of years that I think I may have forgotten who I am! I am always so busy doing something that I simply haven’t had time to stop.
Today, however, I’ve made a firm decision to change that. The wheel is turning; the season approaching beckons me to slow down. Winter is a time when the Earth sleeps and prepares for new life in the Spring. With the dark time of the year on the horizon, it’s time for me to learn the lessons that Winter teaches: slow down, breathe deep, and just be.