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I know it's not yet officially fall, but as soon as September 1st arrived, it sure felt like it here in the Pacific Northwest. As much as I want summer to hang in there providing us with more warm sunshine, I have always loved fall, and embrace the change. The cool crisp air, leaves changing, harvesting the garden, getting scarves & boots out, and soup season. I'm not saying I'm totally ready yet. I'd love to have just a bit more summer, and I'm sure we'll get it, but this early September cool down reminded me how much I love the change of seasons. Every season has it's charm and own energy, and I like change.

As I was gazing at the trees the other day, noticing that the color changing in the leaves a bit already, I remembered one of my favorite poems. This poem has always been special to me. In my opinion it's some of the best life advice around, presented in such a beautiful way.

I decided I wanted to share it with you here. Enjoy!

Advice From a Tree

 By, Ilan Shamir

Dear Friend,Stand Tall and ProudSink your roots deeply into the EarthReflect the light of a greater sourceThink long termGo out on a limbRemember your place among all living beingsEmbrace with joy the changing seasonsFor each yields its own abundanceThe Energy and Birth of SpringThe Growth and Contentment of SummerThe Wisdom to let go of leaves in the FallThe Rest and Quiet Renewal of WinterFeel the wind and the sunAnd delight in their presenceLook up at the moon that shines down upon youAnd the mystery of the stars at night.Seek nourishment from the good things in lifeSimple pleasuresEarth, fresh air, lightBe content with your natural beautyDrink plenty of waterLet your limbs sway and dance in the breezesBe flexibleRemember your rootsEnjoy the view!

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The above picture of me was captured by my dear friend, Renae on my birthday a couple of years ago in the redwoods of northern California. Having a moment with one of those majestic trees, giving thanks for another year of this beautiful life.

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