A Season's Reflections

Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.
(Joseph Campbell)

I felt a hint of autumn's approach for the first time yesterday morning. As I drove to work, I noticed the sky was darker than usual. It caught me by surprise, especially since the weather will stay warm here in Raleigh for a little while longer.

A change in seasons always provides an opportunity for reflection — and when looking back on my summer, I'm pleased with what I see.

June challenged me to jump into daily life with passion and carefree curiosity. I attempted to practice yoga daily, but fumbled along the way.

Throughout July, I sent my mentor daily digital updates while she unplugged for a month-long digital sabbatical. I also set intentions for the second half 2010, and invited joy out to play. With a holiday weekend by the pool and two trips to the beach, July was the kind of month I could relive year after year.

August has been an exciting adventure in itself. For the first time in (what feels like) forever, I've maintained a daily practice of something — and just as my 1st year on the web comes to a close, my enthusiasm for blogging has reignited.

This summer has been an exercise in balance and priorities. While I feel good about the positive strides made, there are certainly corners of my world that have collected dust.

As the leaves change colors, I plan to refocus on 4 simple goals.

I'm ready to welcome September with courage, laughter and an open heart. How will you greet this new month's arrival?