As I was putting out my autumn decorations, I took a few minutes to stop and think about what this time of year means to me. I love the changing leaves, watching children run around a pumpkin patch in search of the perfect pumpkin to bring home or their eyes lighting up over a Halloween costume. We don’t carve pumpkins any more, but I still have lots of them scattered around my house.
This time of year reminds me to be thankful for family and good friends. To reflect on the blessings in my life. Sometimes I get so caught up with the hustle and bustle of life, in my case the busy life of an author with deadlines and projects, that I let work become the focus. While I’m grateful to be writing, doing what I love, I have to take a step back from time to time. Take a deep breath and enjoy the fruit of my labor.
The holidays are right around the corner. Soon we’ll be caught up in the holiday hubbub. Now would be a great time to invest in a few precocious moments to take stock in life. It’s a worthwhile endeavor, a grounding, if you will, before we suddenly realize it’s the end of the year and we haven’t taken a breath or slowed down long enough to enjoy the simple things in life.
So, my friends, sit back with a mug of pumpkin flavored coffee. Be still. And remember what life is all about; spending quality time with the people most important to you.
Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels. Family values, a bit of mystery and, of course, love and romance, are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Look for her newest Heartwarming release, The Bridal Bouquet, available now. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at Tara Randel Books