It has turned to fall, here in the North Woods. The air is heavy, the rain has begun to fall and the sky has turned- well, let’s just say grey. Until I moved to Seattle I was not aware the sky could be so many shades of grey.
Grey and the artist eye.
For the past few years I have taken a trip between summer and fall quarters. I go up to northern Michigan and visit my Mom. The weather there even though we are about the same latitude, is very different. There are grey days, but not like here. They are not as dark or as “heavy.” The sun, too, has a very different look- it is very bright.
So much color.
This year in Michigan the leaves had started their change early, we are now catching up. The fall leaves and the change of light is a delight to my artist eye. I love the warm hues against the coolness of the sky. Here the colors POP off the grey and they seem to be glowing from within.
There you have a mix of grand color against the green of the pines and the whites of the birches.The whole of the woods seems to light up as if calling you to come roam through its many acres.
Change of Perspective.
Fall has always been my favorite time of year. It is a time when people seem to gather more. I love time with my family and the pace of fall seems less frenetic than that of summer. I love going to Michigan this time of year as well. I usually really need to step back from my work and my regular life to just be. Mom makes it very easy to do that.
I am not sure if it is the place or the company or the combination that helps me to calm down and take a look from another perspective, but whatever it is I really cherish these visits. I can be wound up like a ball of yarn with fluffy pieces hanging out all over the place, and that walk on the beach or talk over a cup of coffee unwind all that stress and makes me whole all over again.
Seasons or perspectives.
I have a friend that says the best thing you can do for yourself and your business is to step away every now and again to gain a different perspective. I know he is exactly right. You need that time to see the bigger picture. What brings you back to calm? What gives you renewal? For me a fall walk along Lake Michigan or a drive down the Stocking Trail looking at leaves with a companion like my Mom is all I need.