DSC_0344Yet another season. As I look outside my window I wonder how could all of this have possible occurred in what seems to me like a split second. The vibrant and nearly florescent green leaves of yesterday are suddenly dressed up in red, yellow and orange. The warm air of last evening has transformed into a wet, coolness that whispers to me that winter is just around the corner.

Well, until it does make its grand entrance, I intend to enjoy as much of this fleeting season as possible. More so, I intend to enjoy the abundant gifts that the fall bring with it. I enjoyed the first gifts yesterday when I went apple, pear and tomato picking. It was a fantastic feeling for me to pick the fruits from their stems-the crisp smell of the apples and the more mellow smell of the pears made me high with excitement as I thought of the plentitude of creations these beauties would become.

 

After picking what must have been about 200 apples and pears, and a much less number of cherry tomatoes, I sat down under the trees and reflected upon the past few weeks. They were not easy weeks. And then, as I looked up and gazed into the clear fall sky and looked down upon the glorious trees, I smiled with the realisation that this is all just the process of nature. And as the summer gives way to fall, so shall the past give way to a future full of abundant possibilities.

 

I warmly welcome the new season with open arms, an open heart, and a copy of the optimist creed, which I discovered last night and shall keep with me from now on. I share this with you along with a recipe for an apple-tomato soup! Enjoy-

The Optimist Creed: Christian D. Larson

I promise myself:

To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, & prosperity to every person I meet.

To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything & make my optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, & to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times & give a smile to every living creature I meet.

To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, & too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of myself & to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

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