Perfectly cocooned and protected from the morning chill, I awoke to that ol’ familiar feeling fall brings me: an intense desire to nestle. Fall is upon us, but summer hasn’t left us quite yet. We are teetering on the cusp of golden flowers and red leaves. Much like the seasons, I have been teetering on many a cusp: calm/chaos, excitement/nervousness, stress/satisfaction. Amidst this haze, I had an assignment to notice everything. The simple act of curling in the corner of my couch and putting pen to paper helped me slow down, encouraged me to take calming nightly walks and take a few deep breaths. I had to remind myself to be calm because of the chaos, excited by the nervousness and satisfied with the stress.
While attempting to appreciate these teetering moments, I read a passage by an author who penned these sentiments more eloquently than I:
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
…Verily, you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
From The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
So here’s to summer, and here’s to fall.
Here’s to chaos, and here’s to calm!
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