This time of year has always been one of my favorites, because it is unlike any other. It's not the beginning of a new calendar year, or the start of a new season, and yet it's still a time of transition and possibilities. From that very first moment, at 5 or 6 years old, when we left behind all that was comfortable and familiar and walked through those wide double doors into a whole new world, this time of year has stayed with us. It's a time of new opportunities and experiences, of limitless potential and learning.
And the beauty is that we don't have to be a teacher or a student or even a parent to feel the power and harness the possibilities. We can tap into those ingrained memories of first days of school gone by and channel it into a driving force to bring change and growth into our adult lives. The summer heat is (eventually) dissipating and those cooling autumn winds are (again, eventually) coming to gently push us towards our goals. I feel it in my own life, this need to shake things up, to move out of my comfort zone and really go for it. Perhaps what "it" is exactly, is still developing, but I do know that "it" will be grand.
Because "it" can be anything. A quest for something enormous and life changing, like a new, more fulfilling career or an intense home improvement project. Or maybe its something slightly smaller scale, like a clean and ordered house or the recipe for the perfect pasta sauce (both of which I would consider life changing, for the record). It can be something tangible, like learning Spanish, or something more intangible, like cultivating patience. Maybe it's something specific, like "I really need a new car," or something obscure, like "I gotta get my life in order." Whatever "it" is, now is the time. Seize the moment, harness the power of the present and take a step. And then another...
The time to harvest is almost here. What will you be gathering?
yoga teacher, filmmaker, wife, mother and citizen of the world. this is my journey into radical gratitude and living each moment in pure joy.