Autumn breathes life into my soul. Born in October, the language of my soul speaks autumn. In no other season do I feel more truly myself than autumn. Like the majority of people on social media, autumn is my favorite season. But for the first time, I asked myself “why” I loved this season so. I actually couldn’t answer the question at first. So I perused some of my favorite seasonal quotes. Suddenly, the treasure found in beloved autumn quotes gave words to the beauty my heart holds for autumn.
My children experienced no small amount of frustration every time they told me they “liked” something. Desiring to teach them fuller thought expression, I always replied “why do you like it?” Or if they replied that a particular event, outing or lesson was “good”, my reply returned “what was good about it?” So as I saw numerous comments on social media regarding autumn’s preferred status, I turned the table on myself and asked “why is autumn YOUR favorite season?
much to love about autumn
Of course, admitting autumn is my favorite season, it’s easy to find things endearing about about it. Again, social media abounds with the usual delights of the season. Autumn colors, pumpkins, hay rides, cooler weather and seasonal flavors delight the senses. As much as autumn keeps us outside, it also drives us inside, both equally delightful.
I enjoy the family traditions developed over the years in celebration of autumn, as well as the popular favorites. My eyes never grow weary of the autumn colors or seeing pumpkins on everyone’s porch during my walks. While I bake all year round providing my celiac afflicted husband with homemade gf treats, autumn brings a happy increase in baking fun. I know many autumn lovers agree it simply would not be autumn without pumpkin bread! But I was looking for something deeper than these beloved favorites. Why did a season that marked dying and hibernation breathe life into my soul? The treasure found in beloved autumn quotes answered my question.
the treasure in authenticity
While I love all of the popular experiences of autumn, underneath that, I knew there was more to it for me. The realization came to me when I thought about our time on the mission field and traveling abroad. Not everywhere experiences the autumnal changes we do here in the USA. Albania didn’t have the autumn color, nor any of the popular traditions mentioned so far, yet I loved autumn just the same. Only until now, I never explored the reasons.
If I wanted to understand why I treasured autumn, I needed to know how that related to my true self. In other words, did I merely love autumn because everyone else did? Did I love it sensually for the sights, scents and flavors? Similar to what I desired to teach my children, it required analyzing my thoughts and exploring my own authenticity. A slowing down to observe not only my own thoughts and emotions relating to autumn, but the season itself. Yes, as my kids would say, “that is really hard and requires work.” But in the end I reaped the reward of the treasure found in beloved autumn quotes and a surprising answer to my question.
allowing autumn to speak
As I began my journey of exploration into my love of autumn, I reviewed the popular attractions of the season. I found much to love in those things, but nothing rang true for me in any one of them. I struggled to explore my true thoughts and emotions around the season. The reason seemed clear; my mind was distracted by the continual barrage of the usual suspects.
I then chose a mindfulness technique called the “sacred pause”, which I discuss in detail in this post. In the post I discuss ways to use it to process difficult emotions in the moment like anger or anxiety. But this method is especially useful in moments where your mind becomes fixated on particular thoughts or direction. It helps clear those thoughts blocking creativity or productivity, so you can better problem solve. In my case, it worked to open my mind to other ways to explore the answer to my question. I turned to my collection of autumn quotes to get a new perspective on the beauty of the season.
The treasure found in beloved autumn quotes
I expected the quotes to simply clear my fixation of autumn fun and flavors, but ended up astonished with the harvest (no pun intended) of wisdom the season offered me. I received not only the answer to my question, but so much more. Join me as I share a small part of the treasure found in beloved autumn quotes with you.
The Treasure of Nostalgia
Joe Wheeler says so much in so few words. Combining nostalgia with significance moves the emotion from a mere reminiscing about the past, to a longing for autumns of the past. Evoking for me a simpler time of sheer delight in the change without fear of what came next. Significant in the child-like ability to accept things at face value, right here, right now.
The Treasure of Receiving
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is simply “receive”. Hal Borland, a naturalist, refers to nature’s rich autumnal offering, that requires nothing from us but to receive it. There exists rewards in life that require much from us, but autumn seems to speak of a gift that we cannot earn or bring about by any effort on our part. I sit with autumn speaking the truth of God’s goodness which cannot be earned or obtained except to simply receive it.
The Treasure of Renewal
Winds and storms exist in every season, but for me, those of autumn speak a language all their own. John Muir, also a naturalist, loved autumn best and found exhilaration in the intrigue of this season. His quote breathed meaning into my autumn experience of renewed life, energy and hope. The feeling of each burden lightened and lifted on the winds.
The Treasure of Beauty
Proponents of every season may well state the beauty found in each, but autumn truly offers a unique beauty. Autumn reveals a timeless beauty; watching an existing green leaf change its color before your eyes is magic to behold. Revealing the color that was there all along. Profoundly reminding me of the intrinsic beauty in each of us, always present, but revealed with the passing of time.
The Treasure of Hope
There is a measure of sadness when the beautiful leaves of autumn finally let go and are no more. The long winter months of empty trees often fills me with a melancholy longing for the lush spring and summer leaves. As I contemplated this quote, I realized the trees are the same trees, though unadorned. Why do I despise their bare countenance? Thank you, Chad Sugg, for reminding me that though time and circumstance alters my countenance, I am still me. Though trials bring scars, I am still the woman God created me to be.
autumn lives in my heart
Alas, my time spent contemplating autumn proved fruitful. Relishing the visit to comfy friends like autumn leaves, pumpkins, hay rides and seasonal treats, provided a perfect backdrop for exploration. Slowing down to truly observe autumn’s offerings increased my awareness of my emotions surrounding this season.
The splendid treasures of nostalgia, receiving, renewal, beauty and hope endeared my heart even more to autumn. I learned to look not just at what was right in front of me, but into myself. Viewing autumn in a more profound way opened my heart to all God has for me in this season. He truly has made everything beautiful in His time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Exploring my love of autumn revealed timeless treasures wrapped in the words of my heart.