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Autumn - A Season of Transition

Updated on December 21, 2014
The Colors of Fall
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Autumn is a widely disregarded but significant season. It marks the transition between the busy summer season and the colder, more challenging winter season. Let's slow down and answer a question so that we understand where this is going.

What is a transition?

Transition is a noun and the Miriam Webster online dictionary defines transition as the "Passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to anotherr."

Why is that important?

All things in nature are cyclic by design. Nature understands that all living things need rest in order to fulfill their higher purpose. Humans, in their infinite wisdom, seem to ignore what nature knows. Take writers for example. How many writers do you know that work full time, have families with all the inherent obligations, and stay up into the wee hours writing simply because it's the only time they have? After a time, they wonder why they aren't feeling creative or worse, have writer's block. Our bodies were not designed to push through the 24 hours we are allowed in a day. Just as the trees go dormant in the colder months and bears hibernate, humans need that transition to a slower pace too. We are invincible, we think, but in reality, we are just plain stubborn.

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Take a break. You need it.

Autumn provides a small window of opportunity to get out there and enjoy the colors of the season or, if you live in warmer climates, a good excuse to do something different. Even if you don't live in an area where the Fall foliage turns the many shades of yellow, orange, red, or brown, there are things you can do.

Grab your camera and go for a walk. Take a hike on a favorite trail or go for a ride in the countryside. Walk the beach or climb a mountain. Take an hour and sit on your deck or patio. Listen to the sounds of the birds or crickets. Experiment with your mind. When was the last time you were really still and...quiet? You might be surprised where your mind will take you when you let go of the reins.

If you're just too high-strung to call it a break, use that camera to help alleviate the guilt. Snap photos of anything and everything you see. You don't need to be a professional photographer. Just snap away at anything that gets your attention and some things that don't. Images of nature make for great inspiration when you can't think of anything to write about. Store them in a folder on your computer and when you're stumped, pull up the images and let them speak to you. They will and you will be amazed at what they have to say.

Celebrate Halloween!

Halloween is one of the few holidays that doesn't require shopping for gifts or traveling across the miles to visit family. Why not enjoy it? Have a little fun. Dig out the Halloween decorations and show the world you're having some fun. Invite some friends over and have a Halloween costume contest or play some silly Halloween games. It doesn't have to be fancy, it just has to be fun.

If you want to be a really cool person, maybe you could so something to benefit the "uns" in your community. Click the word if you don't know what I mean. Maybe you need some ideas. No problem.

  • The Un-employed. Surely you have friends who are looking for work. Invite them for a Halloween meal.
  • The Un-wanted. Take some Halloween treats to the local orphanage.
  • Un-housed. Fill some Halloween bags with socks, Chapstick, gloves, and candy for the homeless.
  • The Un-fed. Make some Halloween cupcakes and deliver them to the soup kitchen or The Salvation Army.

You get the idea, I think. Not only will you be doing something amazing for some people who are hurting but - you are guaranteed to have something to write about when it's over.

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There isn't much time...

Autumn can be a short season but Halloween is just around the corner. Make some plans, stop working so hard, and do something fun and charitable. Make the transition from Autumn to Winter one that leaves you energized, your spirit renewed, and life a little better for someone else. Whether you do it with a jaunt in nature to capture some beautiful nature images or with those Halloween costumes and games that are collecting dust in the attic is not important. You can shake the dust off or keep collecting the dust in your brain. Go on, have a little fun and then, tell us about it.

© 2012 Linda Crist

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Linda,

    What a lovely hub, but also full of a lot of wisdom. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this time of wonderful transition!!! It is always excellent to share this season with those who are kess fortunate, the downtrodden, and you have given us great ideas. The video of the children songs reminds me so much of my granddaughters playing out in the leaves ----they just love to do it . . . just as it is depicted in this video. You are the greatest dear one.

    Voted Way Up In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    I absolutely agree! A lot of people I know hate to rake leaves. But for me that is the time to relax and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of autumn. It's a great time to slow down and drink in all that Nature has to offer. Keeping grounded and in touch with the workings of the Earth provides a necessary human escape most of us forget about. Great reminder and lovely pictures. Voted Up across the board!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you Faith! I use to love to rake the leaves then jump in them and scatter them all again. I couldn't resist the children's song. Don't we all wish it could be that simple again? You are so genuine and sweet. I adore you.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks grandmapearl. I don't think I could exist if I didn't have such an affinity with nature. It is my salvation in a world gone mad. Thank you for reading and voting too.

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    I love this season, maybe because I was born in October. It is a short period of time...and though we don't get changing of the leaf colors it is in the air..and glad that the air is a little cooler. Thanks for the words of wisdom. Great hub and beautiful photos. Voted Up..

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Carol. I love Arizona too. I spent a little time around the Tucson area and was amazed at the evergreens in the area of Mt. Lemon. I felt right at home. I love the spaciousness of the desert and the big wide open skies, and the sunsets. I did not like the afternoon thunderstorms. lol Thanks for the vote up, but more importantly, for the visit.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I love how you worked the "uns" into your message. As you know, I love this season, and I can't imagine someone not liking it. So much to do, so many things to see and hear and smell....let your senses go crazy with this wonderful season!

    Great job as always my friend!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Bill! I spent quite a bit of time outdoors today and I feel so good. That silly mockingbird was back so I got another chuckle and the leaves here are simply gorgeous. It's not quite cold enough for a sweater yet but I can't wait. I love the first day of the season when it's just too cool not to wear one. I usually take off for the mountains that day. As it comes to a close, I stop at the ochard for apples and the lst stop is a warm cup of coffee at Barnes & Noble. A perfect day that I look forward to year after year. Isn't life grand? The uns....me thinks will be showing up frequently. lol Hope you and your love had a marvelous day.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    We did have a great day my friend. The first snows hit the mountains this weekend and it is quite brisk outside. We laughed and loved and hey, it doesn't get any better than that. :)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    A friend of mine just returned from a trip to the Northwest and Canada with photos of light snows in the mountains. It was beautiful. Laughter and love, you're right. It doesn't get any better.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for the memories. Fall was once our busiest season. PTA, soccer, family, parties and such. It lasted until Jan. 2 - 7.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey MH. See, it's always different. A good lesson that no matter what we write, it will not apply to everyone. I forgot about all the parents of athletes. Talk about reminders. :-)

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    MizBejabbers 4 years ago

    Right now the fall foliage is just decking out in Arkansas, and it is lovely. This is the first year -- in I can’t remember how many and neither can anyone else – that we have had an actual autumn, of sorts, and we are loving it. During the last several years, our daytime temperature would be 90 degrees today and 45 degrees tomorrow; bang it was winter-like! Kind of reminds me of the old childhood joke, “what’s the weatherman having for lunch? “Chili today and hot tamale.”

    This year Mother Nature is honoring us with her beautiful colors and wonderful temperatures.

    We have had some fluctuation of temperatures this year, but not extreme. Nights and mornings are cool, but by noon it is getting hot. You should see some of the getups that people are wearing. There were several people in Sam’s Club this weekend wearing jackets over their short shorts and tee shirts. Now that’s a sight. But come to think of it, they probably had run in the Susan G. Comen Race for the Cure held that morning.

    Thanks, Linda, for taking time to remind us that we should take the time to enjoy the autumn transition (now that we have one).

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi MizB! Thanks for reading and sharing your wonderful autumn with me. I love the colors of this season so much. We hit 32 degrees F last night and it's almost 80 today. Perfect weather to bring more color to the trees.

    Aren't people silly in the way they dress? Race or not, if you need a jacket, you need some pants too. lol

    Enjoy your season MizB. Take the time to soak it all in. You might not be so blessed next year. :-)

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    You have provided me some wonderful reasons why I should love the Fall season. Although i am a Spring and Summer girl, I must admit to being mesmerized by the kaleidoscope of colors.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    shiningirisheyes - I love ALL the seasons too because each one ushers in a new set of thoughts andfeelings. I'm happy that you found something to love about Fall in this hub. :-) Thanks so much for the visit.

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, you are so right. We over-extend ourselves in order to keep up with our responsibilities. Especially women, who still maintain the role of homemaker, meal makernurse, maid, teacher and child rearer but have the added responsibility of being the breadwinner. This is the main cause of stress and sleep deprivation in women.

    It is absolutely vital to ourselves and all with whom we come in contact that we empty the stress in order to be productive the next day. Many of us have a hard time doing that.

    You have a great idea with regard to our self-neglect. If you can't relieve yourself of stress, or allow yourself time to 'empty out', as I call it, expend your excess energy on those who can be served. There are so many people out there who have given up on life and live way beneath what God intended for us. Offer a meal, volunteer to clean the shelters,more importantly, sit down and have a conversation with the less fortunate and remind them of their worth. They are people with souls, ideas and opinions, but have come upon hard times. As a society, we seem to forget that and judge the less fortunate instead.

    When you can't 'empty out', at least expend your excess energy on those who will benefit. You just may transmit enough energy and/or provoke enough thought and redirection to change someone's life!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, you get it, don't you? I knew you would. Someone once told me that we are like wells. We can go to that well day after day and get water but if it never rains and replenishes the well, one day we go and there is no water to be had. You have to put something back in order to have something to give. Are you catching up yet? lol

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