Okay, I'm excited for Halloween so I'll give autumn another week, and maybe I'll stick around for bonfire night too, but then I'd be quite happy to fast forward to cherry blossom season.
We've reached and passed peak leaf and now the sky is turning to concrete and the ground to sludge. Bleurgh. If only we got snow and a proper winter in the UK rather than drizzle and consumerism on steroids.
Tell me, what are you looking forward to in the next few months? Inspire me!
Please don't mention the Big C, I am trying to pretend it's not just around the corner. I am one of those people you might think of as a 'humbug' in that I don't like, observe or celebrate it in any way other than it also being my brother's birthday. Poor sod!
There is a little plant, small and stunted, growing under the shade of a broad-spreading oak; and this little plant values the shade which covers it, and greatly does it esteem the quiet rest which its noble friend affords. But a blessing is designed for this little plant.
Once upon a time there comes along the woodman, and with his sharp axe he fells the oak. The plant weeps and cries, "My shelter is departed; every rough wind will blow upon me, and every storm will seek to uproot me!"
"No, no," saith the angel of that flower; "now will the sun get at thee; now will the shower fall on thee in more copious abundance than before; now thy stunted form shall spring up into loveliness, and thy flower, which could never have expanded itself to perfection shall now laugh in the sunshine, and men shall say, 'How greatly hath that plant increased! How glorious hath become its beauty, through the removal of that which was its shade and its delight!'"
It’s normal to feel sad but if you’re feeling sad for days at a time, you may have more than just winter blues. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a serious form of depression. It’s important to treat SAD because any form of depression limits one’s ability to live life to the fullest. Sunshine and exercise are great ways to beat the seasonal sadness.