“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it? Look at these maple branches. Don’t they give you a thrill—several thrills?”
–Anne of Green Gables
I missed nine Octobers while living in a sweltering tropical climate.
The calendar might have disagreed with me, but the temperatures in the mid-nineties that dropped to mid-eighties at night paired with relative humidity rivaling those numbers certainly didn’t feel like fall. The air fell thick, heavy, and wet on my skin. Eventually the heat relinquished its hold, usually just in time for New Year’s Day.
Fall has always been my favorite season—the warm sun shining through golden leaves, dipping below the horizon to bring cool, crisp nights. I love the smell of the leaves; I love watching them fall; I love the crunch when the wind blows through a dry pile.
This fall, I’ve found myself regularly gasping with delight at all the incredible beauty around me, particularly since I’ve been so fall deprived.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkley have been studying the physiological effects of awe on people. The research project “suggests that [awe] has profound psychological, social, and physical health benefits—perhaps even stronger, in some cases, than those of other positive emotions.”
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world in the things that have been made. Romans 1:20
I hope that you also are enjoying the nature beauty of the season. Happy Fall!