The following is by editor Kara Fleck. It originally appeared October 2010. I’d love to know: what are your personal challenges this Autumn? How will you slow down and savor the season?
Over the summer I gave myself a personal challenge: to be like the sun. Slowing down the pace changed the rest of our season, for the better. I want to carry that feeling of really savoring the current season into this Autumn.
My kids are each at these wonderful ages right now. Their young personalities just sparkle. I want to enjoy them and have fun together this season. I want to be silly together, embrace the small moments, and enjoy these children for who they are, right now, at ages two, four, and eight.
Every year, each new age brings so many changes. I cannot actually slow down time, but I can alter my priorities a bit so that I’m more present in the current moment.
Here are the things I want to do and my personal challenges for this Autumn:
Last weekend we went apple picking and I have a small confession to make: the kids had a wonderful time, but I didn’t really enjoy it.
It isn’t that I disliked going. The problem was that I was so involved with looking at everything through the lens of the camera and trying to capture the moments and making memories for the kids that I forgot to join in and live the memories.
We’re going back to the orchard soon and I need to right my wrong of last weekend: I’m handing the camera over and I’m going to be present in the moment and worry less about preserving it.
I want to feel the sun on my face, smell the apple trees, laugh with my kids, and just be with my family.
The other thing I seem to need a gentle reminder about lately is that not all memories have to come from a big event or require fancy planning. The small things are pretty wonderful, too. [Read more…]