New Hope and Late August Days
Late August days are beautiful. This summer has been especially glorious. As September moves in, the light changes to a more golden glow, and sunny skies have a deeper hue. The air seems softer, the breeze fresher. In the garden there is a ripeness and mellowness not there in early summer.
The days will grow shorter now and many will feel the impact of the dying light. Some count the days till the earth stands still once more at the winter solstice. With age this can become more acute.
Older societies lived in tune with the rhythms of the seasons, especially those that worked the land. Nature’s cycle could not be ignored, whether out in the field or at home in the family. The harsh realities of this can be seen in our historical dramas.
The modern world, with its 24 hour shopping and chat rooms has lost this connection. Technology makes us blind to space and time. We can get caught in endless days of sameness.
In July I wrote about endings as the academic year came to a close. Now I want to speak of promise, another legacy of the academic year. Even though nature is turning towards autumn and the sleep ahead, all around us there is creation and new beginnings. September marks the start of new cycles which bring a sense of hope and excitement about the future. The summer is over. We are refreshed, renewed and ready to make promises to start all over again. There are new places to be, new people to know and new life to live.
The weather impacts on most of us in one way or another, but when we tune in to the earth’s cycle and seasons it can become easier to know and accept our own nature, and the inevitable struggle of life. We all need to pull back sometimes; retreat into ourselves; rethink our lives; contemplate out future. Then there are times when we are bursting with energy, when we push forward with hope and a desire for something new.
Every ending is the start of something new.
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