The Passing of Seasons

One of many birdhouses at our new home

Today is the autumnal or spring equinox depending upon where you live.  Up here in the Chicago area, the leaves are changing color and the days are getting cooler.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but we’ve moved into a house that is surrounded by birds, probably because a bird lover lived here before.  The landscaping is clearly designed to attract birds.  We counted five bird houses in the back yard and a triple tiered home on the side yard.  The birds that come to visit are lovely.

Unfortunately, birds like humans are mortal creatures. This afternoon, my youngest son discovered a little dead bird on our back porch.  It looked like a yellow finch to me.  I’m not sure what caused its demise, but we were all sad to see this little creature had stopped living.  We buried the bird in the side yard away from where our dogs might dig it up.  I was touched that my son insisted that the bird be placed on a piece of  white cotton to make its final rest a bit more comfortable.  I was tempted to show a picture of this beautiful little bird, but it seemed a bit too much.

Life moves so quickly, the seasons pass by us.  There is no guarantee that any of us will live another day.

This weekend, our family is celebrating the wonder of being alive, and getting ready for the next season.  What about you?

Today’s contemplation:

Are you enjoying the change of seasons?

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15 thoughts on “The Passing of Seasons

  1. Three Well Beings says:

    I’m sort of sorry to see summer go, but I do want to welcome autumn and enjoy the changing of the seasons. It’s so true. Life can change in a moment. So good to celebrate each day, particularly when our loved ones are well and with us. And your new garden sounds really lovely, Karen! Debra

    • Karen Wan says:

      Thank so much for your kind words, Debra.
      When I was young, I loved fall and winter more than summer and spring. As I get older, I’ve been appreciating the warmer seasons more and more. So, I feel a bit of sadness as summer comes to its end too.
      If I remember correctly you live in California, so it’s probably not quite as cold where you are. This morning it was 37F here: it’s decidedly cool now. It’s time to drink much more hot tea now! :)
      Hope you have a wonderful autumn!

  2. 3D Eye says:

    It’s an odd thing to consider, but children need positive experiences of death and mortality. To recognise that life is finite, and that life is fragile and precious is an important part of growing up. To encounter the death of a pet or a wild creature, and to experience the rituals of departure and burial, is an important preparation for adult life. Likewise we do well to draw their attention to the passing of the seasons, and the cycles of life in nature, as a way into deeper thinking about the human condition and the need to appreciate and celebrate every phase of this incredible gift of life. Aside from any religious convictions their families might have, children need non-secular experiences that enrich their spiritual growth. Thank you for sharing these autumnal thoughts.

    • Karen Wan says:

      I have seen many parents “protect” their children from death, and I understand that in some ways. We want to allow our children to be children as long as possible.
      Both of my children ended up encountering death rather early because of the death of grandparents and beloved pets. I have never believed in trying to create a Disney experience of life, where nothing sad ever happens.
      I agree with you that children need to experience the reality of life and death. Our experience yesterday wasn’t particularly religious, but more of a spontaneous heart centered ritual that I believe anyone who could do with their children whatever their spiritual persuasion.
      In today’s world, kids get so many experiences of death and violence in the media without the true feeling of real loss. When kids are introduced to nature deeply, they will encounter death like that of this little bird, and like you I believe this exposure to death contributes to their spiritual growth in important ways.
      Thanks so much for your comments!

  3. sarafoley says:

    It is the spring equinox today where I live, one of my favourite days of the year. I have lit candles or incense in every room after physically cleaning it and sent prayers up for the new things I want in my life, and gratitude for the things I already have. And now I have a nice tidy house!

    • Karen Wan says:

      Spring is such a wonderful time of renewal. Maybe because of the school year, fall seems invigorating too. I love to celebrate the equinoxes and solstices to stay in tune with nature and have fun with life. Have a wonderful spring!

  4. microrrelatososhortstories says:

    This whole 2012 has been a year of endings and (thank God) new and better beginnings…it has rewritten in my heart and mind the value of THE END, the inevitability and the importance of receiving it with the right attitude: gratitude, hope and appreciation for the opportunity to begin again… Big hug to you Karen

    • Karen Wan says:

      Alexandra, I like and appreciate what you write about having the right attitude with our endings in life. That is so true, and there is always a new beginning too! Abundant blessings to you! Karen

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