Ready or not, it arrives at 4:02 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 22. “It” is the autumn equinox, that time of year when the sun begins to recede earlier in the day and brings with it nippy, foggy mornings and crispy, colorful days that require an extra layer of clothing.
While a few mourn the loss of long, sunny days and the freedom associated with the summer months; many view autumn as a leap into new adventures. Some fall favorites include eating hot and hardy autumn soups, devouring warm and gooey snickerdoodles and hot apple pies fresh out of the oven, driving the backroads of the Maine countryside to view the spectacular fall colors, weekend bonfires with friends and family as well as, supporting their local high school sports (be sure to check out our sports section.)
I must admit I’m one to grieve as I say goodbye to summertime, but there is also something special about fall that I do look forward to. There are many ways to embrace this season of change and I love the preparation that goes into the next season’s hibernation mode.
That may sound odd coming from an extrovert but as my husband and I begin to winterize our home, I look forward to the opportunity to put a little balance into my life.
I’m not the only one who burns the candles at both ends, I think that comes with the territory of living a passionate and fulfilling life of not only obtaining one’s goals but being of service to others. However, that constant activity can be unhealthy for the physical body as much as it is nourishing to the soul. Seeking balance is key.
Equinox, in Latin, means aequus (equal) nox (night) - when the day and night are the same length. Interestingly, this balance of day and night is symbolized by the astrological sign of Libra (balanced scales) that begins on Saturday, September 23.
Fall provides an opportunity to balance it all; to slow down enough to reflect on ways to take care of ourselves and identify what is truly important to us and to ensure we balance work and play as much as possible.
It’s true that we will never get it completely right – this balance thing. But autumn provides the perfect opportunity to at least give it a whirl. If you are one of those people who long for balance, I wish you the best of luck. I know I’ll need it.