Some friends held a joint birthday party out at Parley Lake Winery in Waconia, MN this afternoon. To say that is was luscious and rejuvenating would be an understatement.
It was everything that a harvest party should be. We all brought food to share and prepared a glorious spread on one of the picnic tables peppered around the property. The pumpkin pecan cake was, quite literally, the icing on the cake of our feast. The company was delightful. There was wine. There were animals. There was live music. And there was a whole field of orchards filled with heavy-limbed apple trees, waiting to be harvested.
By the end of the day I felt completely relaxed and restored and, quite frankly, ready for a long nap. The rich moods of fall and the slow retreat into the colder months are such a special time. I’ve found that times of transition, be they seasonal or personal, are times to be reflective and introspective. If we rush through the transition, just hoping to get to the other side of it, we often miss the magic that’s waiting there in the fold. But we often feel chaos and confusion during these times, so we don’t want to sit in the messiness of it.
Trust that transitions are temporary, know that they will pass as all things do, and welcome them while they’re here. Those are the seasons where we’re stretching and growing and adjusting, and they are so, so important.