In the book “Anne of Green Gables,” Anne Shirley exclaims excitedly, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Anne is expressing her amazement and awe at the changing of seasons. And what a dramatic change it is from the heat and humidity of summer to the brisk air of the autumn season! Sometimes adults lose this sense of wonder through the years as they “grow up.” In our preoccupation and busyness, it is easy to miss the changing colors of the leaves, the crisp air and the luscious produce from the garden. Recovering our sense of awe takes effort and intentionality. We have to pay attention to the beautiful and wonderful little things in the world. Can we look at the ordinary things of life through fresh lenses, as we give thanks for the brilliance of October?
by Bridgette Powers, OSB