Autumn gives a lesson on aging

When I’ve had a few minutes this past year, I’ve often gotten up from my desk, stretched, and looked out my office window at several tall trees in my back yard. The trees have taught me a valuable lesson on living my life and the aging process.

The leaves on the trees came on strong in the spring. They budded and flourished, turning a bright green in the summer. In the fall, the trees, especially the largest one, now sparkles a bright yellowish, green. Some of the leaves have already started to fall and turned a rusty brown. And yes, in a few short weeks all of the trees, outside of one lone evergreen, will have shed all their leaves and will look bare and stark.

The trees have reminded me how I want to live my life to the fullest and, when my time comes, hopefully years into the future, how I want to perish. Conservationist John Burroughs described it this way: “How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”

Yes, nature has the right idea, full of light and color until the last.

I’ve been writing about my love of fall in the Northeast U.S. the past two weekends. Here’s a few more images. My photos really don’t do the season justice, but hopefully they brighten your day.

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    1. Thanks so much. I was thinking this after reading your post the other day. Life presents all kinds of situations – challenges and opportunities – it’s up to us to decide how we want to approach them. I’m generally young (mid 50’s) but I want to embrace life. Thanks for commenting/stopping by!

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  1. Love this post…yes! The rhythms of nature…the older I get the more the cycles of the seasons are reminders to savor the bright sunny days and the stunning colors. Great pics and message, Brian. 😉

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  2. This is a lovely post, Brian – full of welcome optimism. I love the autumn photos – there are some beautiful colours at this time of year. I like the idea of following autumn’s idea for our current and future years on this planet, too. I will think of you when I next look out of my window at my own trees at the back of my garden (it’s nighttime now, so that’ll be in the morning). Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Oh, I’m in mid-50s and I’m fine with that. Age is a number. We’ve all seen people who are really older and younger than what their birth certificate says. My goal is to never take myself too seriously and to “never act my age.” Ha, ha. Thanks for stopping by Wynne. Much appreciated.

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  3. My life and I are approaching winter, but it’s always spring, summer and autumn in my heart. Thank you for the reminder to enjoy the splendor or each day, regardless of season. So much beauty in everything, if only we remember to look.

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      1. What a beautiful blog post. I really enjoyed it. And thank you for reminding me of the John Burroughs quote, “How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” As someone fighting cancer and going back in for more surgery in early November, your blog meant a lot to me. Im going to keep that in my mind. I will continue to live my life as colorfully and brightly as possible. And when I do eventually float away in the wind, I will do my best to be graceful as those exquisite leaves. ✌️💕

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      2. As far as the blog goes, I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about or the direction I was going to take. I somehow had never seen Burrough’s quote before. I saw the quote and that’s all I needed. After that, the blog wrote itself. Thanks for letting me know Lesley that the blog touched you. I’m especially sorry to hear about your current medical situation. You seem to have a great attitude about the surgery and life. Your comments always have a positive aspect to them. I hope the blog helped in some small way. My Christian faith comes and goes, but one thing I do believe is that God/Fate/Karma whatever you want to call it, brings people, words of wisdom, notes, a simple hug, in our lives when we need them the most to hold us up and give us the courage we need to face our challenges. I really do hope the blog helped you and I’ll be praying for you and sending positive thoughts your way as you get ready for your surgery! Thanks for your feedback and please stop by again!

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