We're nearing the end of summer, and for many of us it can't come soon enough. Its too bad to 'wish' time away, but oh so human -- when hot, humid weather drains our energy, a longing for cooler weather is only natural.
Although I am no fan of southern summers -- I have much to be thankful for. Our oh-so-green yard has several grotto's which make the summer a little less stressful. These are shaded, green areas - up against huge rocks rich with sprouting ferns and native plants.
When the heat seems too oppressive it helps me to feel grateful if I walk out behind our house and enjoy the quiet of these shaded spaces. It is all too easy for me to forget all of the blessings that I live with daily. Why is it so easy to complain and so difficult to count blessings? One of the reasons that I walk each day is to remind myself of our earth and of the beauty that surrounds me.
Fall will soon be here and all the technicolor of that season will remove the deep, dark greens that summer has brought. Until those cool, crisp autumn days arrive I'll content myself to enjoy what this season brings in the quiet of my very own grotto.
"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver". - Martin Luther