I LOVE September.
I LOVE the cooler, darker mornings (really.)
I LOVE that I need to light my candle in the morning (see above.)
I LOVE the smell in the air.
I LOVE the mums on my porch.
I LOVE the urge to clean and organize and make projects I've been wanting to make. NOTE: please don't assume I am cleaning, organizing and projecting. My kids just went back to school and for now I'm just loving the urge to do those things. I am making soup tonight and that is a step in the direction of fall!
I am especially LOVING the chance to look back on last year. Last September, my Have More FUN students and I made something lovely. We made a big, FAT 12×12 album appropriately titled, 30 Days Hath September. This is my second month-long, totally intense daily scrapbook. I did a May Everyday album in 2005. I have to say that I LOVE looking back through albums like these …
They are so FULL of little details that you simply cannot remember. If you took Have More FUN with me, don't forget to pull out your September album and browse through it — even if it's NOT all the way done!
September also reminds me that it's almost OCTOBER. If YOU participated with me in the Give Yourself a Present one year ago, then it's time to pull out your little mini book and look at it again. Put it in your purse or bag and carry it with you for a week or so. Look at everyday and even multiple times a day. Look at each page and think about how life has changed or is changing … I'll be back soon with more instructions.
Today is 9.09.09 and it's a wonderful September day for Amy Krouse Rosenthal and a 200 person team she has invited to help her create a feature film, called the Beckoning of Lovely. If you've not heard of this entirely delightful project, I encourage you to visit the beckoningoflovely.com — it's quirky, but it makes you think about the collective good people can do. It also makes you appreciate the creative risks that people (like Amy and her friends) take to more fully engage with life.
If you invited perfect strangers to a park near your home and you promised to carry a yellow umbrella, what would you do when people showed up?