Autumn: A Season of Gratitude

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I’m really happy that autumn is here. Each season brings a gift, a new reason to celebrate life.

Summer used to be my favorite season, but now autumn has taken its place. Since I started college in 2000, the beginning of autumn has felt like the beginning of a new year. Not only do most school years start in August or September, but my birthday is on September 16, just a few days before autumn officially begins. September has become my month for thinking about the upcoming year.

Usually, with each new year, I feel hope and excitement about the possibilities ahead. And I feel motivated to set goals for myself. Of course, sometimes I also think about any expectations that weren’t met during the previous year.

I woke up on the morning of September 23, the first day of autumn this year, feeling incredibly grateful. It wasn’t a forced gratitude, either, like the times when I’ve hyper-focused on lists of “what I should be grateful for.” This was a deep and genuine gratitude for my life, struggles and all.

The night before, I had a dream that I was in a post-apocalyptic world. I don’t remember the details of my dream, but as I woke up, I realized how blessed I was to be living a “normal,” predictable life. We live in a house in a quiet neighborhood, we have jobs and money in the bank, and I have a car that I can drive to an actual grocery store. I woke up realizing the value of the simple–even boring–aspects of my life.

Later that day, I truly appreciated the cool autumn breeze. (Not only was it lovely, but it made up for the fact that my car’s AC wasn’t working.) I stopped by this pond during my break, and I let the sun and the wind wash over me, reminding me that life can be magnificent.

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As I begin a new season, a new year, I want to be more grateful. Even if it’s a forced gratitude at times, hopefully it will be the kind that I can feel beneath the surface. I want to appreciate the many simple-yet-important things that I take for granted.

I also want to be more patient, because this season may not bring everything that I want it to, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be a significant season of my life. Not all of the puzzle pieces are beautiful. Some are difficult to make sense of. But each one matters.

8 thoughts on “Autumn: A Season of Gratitude

  1. Every season marks the end and a beginning of
    a new dawn in life.It shows that to have a meaning
    life every step needs to be taken seriously.All
    achievements and challenges should not be taken
    for granted since that they mark important situations
    in this world.Achievements energize a performer to
    explore his/her abilities.They also trigger motivation.
    There has been a common perception that challenges are
    associated with failure.They act as ingredients towards
    personal growth and development.Challenges enable one to realize what made him/her not to hit the target.
    They give the victim time to evaluate the situation thus devising a new way and approach towards solving a problem

    Some situations may sound painful but they lead to
    mastery if well-polished.They enable one understand what is achievable
    within a given period,since some goals need different levels of patience
    and expertise than others.

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