After a much enjoyed mild autumn, we have unmistakably moved into winter.
And I am very much savouring this cooler weather. Eagerly pulling out my woollens and winter boots. Sipping warm teas and baking apple pies.
Cape Woolamai, winter 2015
Seeing the cold dreary days stretched out ahead, seemingly indefinitely, may trigger your longing for those bright sunny days and long balmy nights. And instead of making the most of what is here right now, you start to will away these cosy months.
We are so used to chasing after something else, believing that the next moment will be better, we lose sight of the perfection that is inherently in the present. As Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us, there is much joy and happiness in the present moment, if we are attentive to it.
The idea of something being temporary can bring us that attention, and intensify our appreciation for it.
When you know a certain experience is coming to an end, you savour every detail. Suddenly you notice what you may have missed before.
Whether it is the last days of summer, or the end of a holiday. You naturally want to make the most of it.
Perhaps you experienced it when you have moved houses or changed cars, the one you are leaving behind seems that much more endearing. Suddenly that rickety door handle seems charming, and you remember fondly all the nuances that have annoyed you in the past.
Each time I decide I to cut off my hair, it decides to glisten and shine like never before. As if it is trying to convince me to change my mind.
So now, as we move with the natural rhythm of nature, we enter a period of rest and regeneration. A period that is both necessary and beneficial.
Whether we choose to enjoy it or loathe it, each moment is still what it is. And it is but temporary.
In knowing this, can you too, heighten your appreciation of what is in front of you?
Gippsland, May 2016