Yesterday was the first day of fall for those of us living in the northern hemisphere. Those of you who read know that it is my favorite time of year. Living in the woods allows me to witness all the beautiful colors first hand right outside my window. There are many hardwood trees in my area, and at this time of year, they offer a variety of colors ranging from gold to orange to crimson. It is truly beautiful.
I went into town yesterday to do some errands and I couldn’t believe how much color was showing from the trees already. I had driven the same way just a week ago and there was just a hint of gold on the tops of the trees over the hillside. But yesterday, there was already evidence of a variety of colors. Some trees looked as if they were fully colored already, leading me to believe that this year the trees will peak quickly.
I must admit that I haven’t been taking to time to do my daily walking. Things have just been too busy. What once was a daily habit for me is now an afterthought I am sorry to say. There always seems to be something else more important that is calling. I know this isn’t a good thing, and I need to make an effort to get back into the routine of walking every day. After all, we walked every day in the winter, even though some days were bitter cold. Many times we walked in the evenings too, needing a flashlight to see where we were going. Often it was so dark without it that we could barely see a few feet ahead.
It is a shame that I have such adverse reactions to the bugs in my area. You would think it would take more than a small creature like that to disrupt my routine. But once they emerged and began their daily attacks, it took the joy out of those walks and soon I stopped walking altogether. It didn’t seem worth it because of the resulting itching and welts I received. Now they are for the most part gone, but getting back into the rhythm of things isn’t all that easy.
Today is raining quite steady, and I doubt that I will venture out. But I am keeping in mind to setting up a time frame where I could once again make hiking a part of my day. I think it is good for me and clears my mind.
I spent yesterday organizing things and among other things, I mapped out my next project for the magazine. They have the little polar bear pull toy that I showed here several months ago and it will be presented in the next issue, but after that, they only have a small patriotic project that I had submitted last year and then they are out of stuff from me. I need to spend a block of time getting some new projects and articles to them and work on some of the ideas I have for them.
I spoke with the new editor a couple of days ago. Although she is not new to the magazine, things are changing over there and next spring/summer she will be taking over the helm. My current editor is going to retire after being with the magazine since its inception. It will be sad to see him go, as I think he does a wonderful job, although I am happy for him and I know he looks forward to doing other things in his life.
I learned of this change several months ago. My first reaction was that of sadness, as I felt as if I was losing a good friend. Anyone who knows Robert can attest to his wonderful positive attitude, his loyalty and his integrity. No matter what the situation, he always seemed to see the positive side of things and look for the good in people and things. As I write this, I realize that he has had a great influence on me and my own way of thinking. I liked his way of thinking and I think subconsciously I wanted to be more like him in that respect. I have worked with him and the magazine for over fourteen years now and he has taught me so much about not only business, but also about people. I will miss working with him a great deal.
But I am very fortunate because Debbie and I also have a great relationship. We have also worked together for many years and there has always been an atmosphere of creativity and respect between us. I had the pleasure of finally meeting her in person when I visited the home offices of the magazine this spring and it was a wonderful opportunity to put a face with the person I had communicated with only by phone and email for so long. I have no doubt that we will do well together and I am anxious to see what she has in store for the future of the magazine. It is very exciting.
Already, she made a suggestion for a type of project she would like to see me work on for the magazine. Given this direction, I came up with some ideas and I am eager to get something to her in the next couple of weeks. Although most of what I submit to the magazine are my own ideas, I do like when given a direction as to what they may want. Often those suggestions spur on other ideas too and start a good cycle of creativity.
The other day I wrote about changes and adapting to the many changes that occur in our daily lives. I suppose that this is another example of that.
The world is in a constant state of change. I believe that our success and happiness relies on not only our ability to recognize and accept those changes, but also to adapt to them. Allowing ourselves to be adaptable to many different situations in our lives, and to do so with comfort and confidence not only makes us feel better within ourselves, but it also allows us to do a better job. And that will lead to our own personal happiness and inner peace.
(image by süleyman uysal)
Have a wonderful Saturday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"