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The Seasons

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duncan
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Post by duncan » March 18, 2011, 6:23 am

It is turning into winter here now. I have travelled to the west coast and witnessed the first snow falls. Usually when I am here it is wet and cold but this week the Gods are smiling on me as the sky is cloudless and the sun reflecting on the mountain tops gives them an orange glow which is a sight to behold.

Many people have a favourite season. What is yours?

I have found that as I grow older my opinion of this changes or, as each season is in full swing I decide that this is my favourite time of year only to dismiss my comments months later when another change comes around. A few months ago autumn was in full swing and I was in awe of the magical colours of the leaves dancing in the winds. In early autumn it felt good to put a scarf on and feel the strong, fresh, cold breeze invigorate my senses and remind me that summer had ended once again.

Prior to that, summer had been a long lazy affair with trips to the beach, barbeque and beers in hand, and a good posse of friends to share it all with. The first bathing session of the summer is always good. Sometimes you can attempt this a little too early without having given the waters time to amply heat up and a sharp exit is the only solution. I love walking down the street and wearing nothing but shorts, t-shirt and flip flops. If it was warm enough for me to not wear socks every day I would gladly do it. I envy those living in all-year round warm climates where this has become the default choice of footwear.

Sometimes it is difficult to identify when spring transitions into summer (we have the calendar months but they are becoming more and more unreliable). Early spring however is clearly identifiable. The melting of the snows, the budding of flowers, longer daylight hours and rivers containing wild torrents from the flow of water from the mountain tops. We can shed the heavy wool jumpers and hats for something a little lighter and more breathable and perhaps even start eating outside again at night-time without the assistance of a blanket on the lap or a heater overhead.

And so to winter again. I can feel you asking yourself where I am going with this and the truth is that before I started writing this page I had absolutely no idea.

I have taken a little trip down memory lane however and realised that in every season I have had several moments where I have stopped to look around and appreciate how lucky I was at that point and space in time to be witnessing such beauty around me.

Perhaps sometimes we are too intent in looking around the corner to find out what is coming next without realising that it will come soon enough and will then drift of to become nothing but a memory. We should be looking to enjoy today and all the miracles it brings us. It is easy to acknowledge that miracles happen around us but recognizing these as they happen is what really awakens our mind and senses.

Take a look around, breathe it in and appreciate it. Tomorrow will be here soon enough

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Post by Davidf » March 21, 2011, 7:31 pm

Good article, Duncan. I like to hang out at the beach, also to people-watch while getting a nice tan. I don't do this very often as I live in Long Island, NY where it always very warm, but if I can schedule a "lazy day" (usually a week-end) I take advantage. For now, though, I will enjoy everything spring has to offer,
~Davidf
Have a blessed day!

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Post by ladybird » March 25, 2011, 4:00 pm

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Duncan wrote:
Many people have a favourite season. What is yours?
...excellent question...
Duncan wrote:
as each season is in full swing I decide that this is my favourite time of year only to dismiss my comments months later when another change comes around.
...thats exactly how I feel about the seasons!!!
Duncan wrote:
Perhaps sometimes we are too intent in looking around the corner to find out what is coming next without realising that it will come soon enough and will then drift of to become nothing but a memory. We should be looking to enjoy today and all the miracles it brings us. It is easy to acknowledge that miracles happen around us but recognizing these as they happen is what really awakens our mind and senses.

Take a look around, breathe it in and appreciate it. Tomorrow will be here soon enough
...very wise words!!!


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Sunshine surrounds the earth as love surrounds our souls. ~Amethyst Snow-Rivers

duncan
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Post by duncan » March 26, 2011, 2:39 am

Thanks guy's, much appreciated.

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Michelle
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Post by Michelle » April 8, 2011, 6:08 pm

hi Duncan and all...
well living in the tropics my favourite season would always be winter if indeed we had one... the chance to wear clothes to dress up to snuggle up...sometimes I do fantasy shopping online looking at leather coats and pashminas.
my second favourite season is the wet season because I love the sound of the rain on the tin roof and the silvery skies so easy on the eyes and a blessed relief from the sun.
and yes Duncan there are some of us where flip flips aka thongs are classified as the state's footwear and every so often I get my boots out and polish them longing for the occasional day when I get a chance to wear them.
when my best friend skyped me the other day commented oh my is it snowing there you have clothes on...lol...!!!
:cool:
a friend of mine who has spent her whole life in the tropics travelled for the first time ever and her trip was the east coast of u.s.a. in the fall (we call it autumn)... well... the colored trees absolutely blew her mind having never experienced that all she knew were palm trees...for myself also I had a friend who lived in the blue mountains and I used to visit in the autumn at just the right time and she would drive me all around the place to see the trees in all the colors...so I suppose our best favourite seasons are all relative to what we have experienced and for those of you living in the snow countries life here in the tropics would appear quite romatic or exotic or something but we here love watching movies with snow and big fir trees...
:D

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Post by jjbreunig3 » August 16, 2011, 8:39 am

Given the proper motivation, we all can justify our enjoyment for a specific season; I live in Maine (for those who may be unfamiliar with Maine, it is located in the New England region of the USA). Besides being my home state, I love being here because I get to enjoy the benefits of all four seasons and its glory. Granted, winter is too long and summer too short, but it gives me a greater appreciation of what the earth offers.

--Joe Breunig :D:
author/poet, Reaching Towards His Unbounded Glory
Logic, when applied to people, fails miserably. --Joseph J. Breunig 3rd

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