Yesterday I spent the day on fall chores, which I always leave until just a little too late in the season. Digging up the dahlias, dragging the outdoor furniture into the barn, and raking some giant leaf piles made for a satisfying morning, despite the frost.
I was clearing a fallen limb by the roadside when I spotted a flash of yellow – one lone narcissus, totally out of season, either six months early or six months late.
Sometimes I dismiss an unexpected joy, precisely because it’s unexpected. But who doesn’t need more joy?
Let’s pause for the beautiful sunset, even if it’s only 4pm.
Let’s drop everything to see the friend who happens to be in the neighborhood.
Let’s admire the quirky outfit, or the exuberant dance move.
Let’s marvel at the narcissus,
no matter the season.
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