So it Begins...
So it begins, about this time of year we start pulling out the sweaters and long pants. Airing out the blankets and comforters along with cleaning the cobwebs and dust off the space heaters. For us here in South Georgia USA our mild climate affords us the luxury of few genuinely cold days. But if you listen to most southerners winter starts when the temperature gets below 65° (18°C). But this season some of the leaves actually changed color. For our usual fall foliage often goes from green to brown in a flash.
The cabbage, mustard, and turnip’s are looking great in the garden. And the neighbors will be invited over to pick themselves a mess for Thanksgiving next week. It’s the little things like this that I love about living around here. In my life, things just aren’t that complicated; at least not like they used to be. Still we all pick our battles and find our own troubles. I have a few friends and family that seem to thrive on conflict. For them I guess life is just a bit boring without something to fight or be mad about. It’s a little sad in a way, because all that stress and conflict got me nothing but one foot closer to the grave. So I decided to just let it go.
Letting go of all that pressure and strife has added years to my life. So while I still suffer from the aftereffects of that pressure, the fact that I accept it and moved on, is still a bit of a surprise to most. In this stress induced world, it’s nice to have a place where the truly important things in life can be experienced. The problem is, we often don’t take the time to appreciate or experience them. Our minds often look for distractions. Stress and fear thrive on the adrenaline created by conflict. Don’t let your heart be seduced by such things. Let life take it’s course. Appreciate the good and overcome the bad.
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