The days are getting shorter. Each morning is darker for my walk. The daylight is giving way to dusk earlier each evening and the cool air quickly chills the summer heat as soon as the sun drops below the horizon.
These are the signs that Autumn is just around the corner.
My kids don’t think it’s as fun as I do to talk about the start of yet another school year. The Saanich Fair is a marker in the annual cycle of my life. Every time it comes and goes I marvel at the fact that yet another fair has come and gone. This year will be the 43rd.
Maybe it’s a little too early to be ushering in the next season. However, as I’ve become more mindful of the world around me, these changes are coming into my awareness.
Last weekend I peeled back the facade just a little to shine light on some of the darker moments of my life. It’s not so much that I fear the darkness; rather, I’m learning that each season is the time to prepare for the next.
None of my posts have been as popular as that one. Six times as many people opened and read that post as any other post I have published in months. Only outrage about the provincial government’s logging of old-growth forests has even been close.
Increasingly, people are openly sharing their experiences and de-stigmatizing mental health. I raise my hands to their courage and offer whatever support people need to continue our important movement toward personal well-being.
Even though we are still mid-summer, I am aware that the dark and cloudy rainstorms of the west coast fall and winter are around the corner. Whatever personal effort we can organize to strengthen our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual toughness in the days and weeks ahead, will prepare us with the tools and the resilience that we all need to power through the darkest doldrums.