Look beneath the surface; let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee. – Marcus Aurelius
Cool sunshine lights up the Carolina Lowcountry today, hinting of Autumn. The wind is carrying a message of freshness, of change. Soon the tall grasses of the marshes lining the winding tidal creeks will dance with golden mellow colors unlike the vivid greens of summer. Autumn is subtle here, all the more meaningful when it calls us to pay attention, to appreciate, to fearlessly embrace a cycle of change in our own lives. The natural world suggests to us in her own seasonal circular way, that change is inevitable, even guaranteed. The cycle of new growth, decay and death is something we know, but I wonder why we humans seem to resist change so fiercely. Often the unfamiliar feels frightening and new. Perhaps we will be unprepared! Perhaps we will be surprised and found out to be lacking. Opening my door on this day, greeted by the freshness of this air, I was simply reminded to trust the elements, to have faith in this circle. I will embrace the changes that I hear blowing in my own life. I will welcome these crystal autumn winds, blown in from the marshes of these seasoned ancient creeks. I am here, at home, in my beloved country, in the Carolina of the South.