I love this time of year. The Monarch butterflies arrive and the sun has a softer slant, even as it seems to touch more deeply to create vitamin D and preparation for the longer nights to come.

In Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book Simple Abundance, she writes:

It seems to me that January resolutions are about will; September resolutions are about authentic wants. . . . The beauty of autumnal resolutions is that no one else knows we’re making them. Autumnal resolutions don’t require horns, confetti, and champagne. September resolutions ask only that we be open to positive change.

Open to positive change. I like that.

I feel the stirrings that drop leaves in the fall and reveal the structure of trees.