Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas

Don’t be concerned about being disloyal to your pain by being joyous. Pir Vilayat Imayat Khan

Fall has arrived in all it’s splendor. Another season to enjoy and be grateful for. If we enjoy the gifts each season brings we can live grateful and happy lives. We have seasons in the year and seasons in our life we need to embrace.

Today my role at Toastmasters is to give the thought of the day. Our theme is Fall Fun. When we get over the idea that summer is over we can embrace fall with its harvest of bounty, colorful leaves, crisp mornings, and the sense of gratitude that permeates fall. The harvest is over or nearly over, nature is ready for rest.

The last tomatoes will get picked this week in preparation for the frost. Drives in the country to experience the splendor of the fall colors may be on our to-do list. We are thankful for the bounty and beauty of nature.

There are so many fun things to do in the fall. We can go apple picking, visit a pumpkin patch, get lost in a corn maze, go for a hayride, take a hike, collect colorful fall leaves, visit a fall fair, take a drive in the country, take a balloon ride to see the colors from above.

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault

We can try our hand at preserving food or baking a pumpkin or apple pies. There are festivals to attend like Ontario’s  Butter Tart Tour, Soupfest, cranberry harvest, grape and wine festivals, Oktoberfest which is Canada’s greatest Bavarian festival. There are festivals for the meat-eaters and vegans, writers and readers, hikers and dancers.

Fall is a time of celebration and gratitude for the beauty and bounty in our lives. We wake up to cool mornings thankful for the comfort of our homes. Summer clothes are giving way to fall sweaters, jackets and boots are coming out of the closet. For many, fall is a more comfortable season. Shopping is a fun activity as we add to our fall wardrobe. People watching is fun as we sit and enjoy the day.

When we make the best of what our seasons offer, we make the best of our lives. We can lament that summer is over, or we can embrace fall. Isn’t enjoying what is before us always better than complaining about what is past?

Can we enjoy what fall has to offer, have fun, celebrate the bounty and beauty of nature, and be grateful and thankful for all we have in our lives?

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. Henri Frederic Amiel

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not upon your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. Charles Dickens

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