On friday last week I was sat by my mums grave having put some flowers in the vase, it would have been her 89th birthday. I miss her, but the sun was shining and as I looked across the fields I felt at peace, knowing that she had lived a good long life.
A few days earlier my neighbour was found laying in his garden, he had been suffering with ill-health for a while. His life came to an end at the age of 48, and although we didn’t have a lot to do with each other I am really feeling his absence in the street. He lived opposite me so I would often see him coming and going, but the fact that he is no longer there has changed the landscape of my life.
The natural landscape is changing all around us at the moment as mother nature begins to paint a new scene before our eyes. She is taking her time over it but autumn is slowly emerging, and life is becoming full of colour and breath-taking beauty. One thing we can always rely on is the ever-changing landscape of the seasons and we adjust and adapt fairly quickly. A quick dig around for our favourite jumpers, jeans and boots and we are ready to go, but when the people who are part of that landscape are no longer there it takes a lot more time to adjust, and we are forced to take stock of our own lives.
When those we know or love are taken from us whether through old age or an unexpected event it’s as if the artist has erased that figure from the canvas, everything else looks the same but a vital part of our life’s painting is missing. We have to gently and gradually work our way through until one day we can look at that painting again realizing that it actually looks ok, different but ok.
Isnt it so easy to take people for granted at times? We can be so wrapped up in the busyness of our lives that we can forget to acknowledge our neighbours, those people who make up our daily landscape. It seems a sad but true fact that we are sometimes more aware of their absence when the unexpected occurs than we were of their presence.
As we work our way through the beauty of this amazing season and take time to applaud the vibrancy of autumns best, why not take time to acknowledge those little strokes of colour that add interest and depth to our life’s landscape. They may be a family member a neighbour, a shop worker or even the postman. They all play a part. And who knows how much colour you could add to their landscape with just an unexpected “hello” or “how are you?” or even an unexpected hug and “I love you” (the postman would be smiling all the way down the road!!)
Why not give it a try, I’m quite sure that the landscape of your life will be all the more beautiful for it.
Love Alison x