September always reminds me of that old Frank Sinatra song called September Song. “Oh, it’s a long, long way from May to December but the days grow short, when you reach September….” and boy do they!
It usually hits me mid September. All of the sudden the dark night comes sooner, the temperatures drop and the leaves start falling. And I always think back to May – when it seems like the whole entire summer, with sunny days and hot nights – was spread out ahead of me – like a sparkly fan filled with warmth, sun, sand, water and relaxation. Working during the summer never feels like work because the sky is blue and the weather is warm. I always enjoy it no matter what I am doing. But then September hits. A beautiful month but one that signals the end of summer and the beginning of the march towards WINTER!
Each year I try and steel myself for the inevitable cold that will start. I seriously do not like the cold. -40 below with the wind chill is never fun. BUT even though I don’t like to be OUT in the elements I still find joy in the season. For instance, I love cooking in the crock pot – something I do not do in the warmer months. I love going to the apple orchard and bringing home my favorite apples to store and eat through November. I love baking bread and cakes. I love trying new recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. I love making hot wassail cider – see my favorite recipe here: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cider-wassail-punch/ I love having my children visit. I love putting up Christmas decorations. I love sitting and reading while hearing the cold wind outside. I love the first snowfall. I love making snow angels in the snow. I love wearing cozy clothes and warm boots.
So really, for all the things I dislike about the winter season – basically the cold and darkness – there is so much MORE I like about it. It seems that’s the way with life. We can get caught up in the negatives of what we don’t like about a season, a situation, a job, a relationship, really anything – that we fail to step back and think about what we REALLY like about it. So this is my challenge for you. When you get caught up in the negatives of life, realize that the stress of the negatives impacts your health and in order for you to take charge of your health – you need to think about positives that are within that negative situation. Take a moment and write down what you like about the situation you are in – even if it’s only ONE thing that you like – it’s still a positive and one that can help you change your mindset about something that was negative to something that IS positive. By doing this you embrace the positives of life in any situation and become less stressed and more thankful; less depressed and more hopeful; less dependent and more independent. Take charge of your life and look at the positives. Peace.