Autumn — Reflect, Redirect and Start Anew

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a while now.  I wasn’t sure if I had enough to say to start a blog…or if I would keep up on it, so I kept putting it off.  As I walked Daisy today, a dog from the local dog shelter I volunteer at, I was looking around and seeing all of the beauty that Autumn brings and I decided that I did have enough to say to start a blog.  There is a huge world out there, heck, I may even talk about space, so yeah, I have enough to talk about…and for those that know me well, you know that I have an opinion on just about everything.  🙂  So, here it goes, my first post on my new blog…

As I already stated, I was walking Daisy today.  As we walked, I noticed that signs of Autumn are all around me.  Trees that were a clean, crisp green a few weeks ago, are now beautiful hues of red, orange, yellow, even purple.  Several different butterflies fly by, including my favorite, a Monarch.  Even the sun isn’t as strong as it was a few weeks ago and there is a slight cool breeze in the air.  I started to think about Autumn and what it means to me.

Autumn is my favorite time of year, not just because my birthday is in Autumn, but because it is about endings, closing down the year.  Now, I know we still have several months before the start of the new year, but Summer is winding down.  The days are getting shorter, the kids are back in school.  I start to reflect about this past year.  Things that went my way, things that did not,  accomplishments and failures, friendships gained and friendships lost, things I would do differently and things I would do exactly the same.  Did I do everything I could do at work to help myself advance or am I holding back and why?  Was I there for my friends and family when they needed me or did I turn my back on them?  Am I a supportive husband, father, grandpa and son?  Am I doing all I can do to build a secure financial future for Shannon and myself?  All sorts of questions I ask myself and all sorts of questions that I need to sit down and answer honestly.

For all of the reflection, however, one thing I do realize is you cannot relive the past.  If I failed myself this past year, (and I did in some areas), I cannot change that.  The only thing I can do is learn from those mistakes and do things differently in the coming year, and that’s okay.  Taking the time to really ask yourself the hard questions and answering them honestly is the only way to redirect yourself to be the best you, you can be.

For me, Autumn is the time I do this.  As things are dying, hibernating or flying south for the winter, it’s time for me to reflect, redirect and start anew.  As leaves fall from the trees I am given the chance to change the future…make the future that I want to make.  Challenge myself in new ways that allow me to be the best me I can be.  Set myself up so next Autumn, when I reflect again, there are fewer changes that I need to make in myself or in my life.  As I realize that no one controls my achievement and failures in my own life but me, I also realized that no one can control the changes in my life but me.  I have another year to set myself straight and help ensure I have more achievements and less failures.  I have another year to make sure my loved ones know that I love them and am there for them.  I have another year to build toward our retirement.  I have another year…

I challenge you to find that time of year when you too can reflect, redirect and start anew for the next year, for the new you.

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Autumn — Reflect, Redirect and Start Anew