Savoring Wisdom

The season has changed from Summer to Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.  The days are shorter and the weather is still warm.  Here in the San Francisco Bay Area the sky is clear and blue.  The hills are golden.    Trader Joe’s has begun stocking the shelves with pumpkin biscotti and pumpkin pancake mix.  Fresh apples and pears are in abundance. This is my favorite time of year.

I have been reading Rachel Naomi Remen’s fine book My Grandfather’s Blessings to some of the residents at the elder community where I work.  Many of these residents are grandparents and great-grandparents and are in the winter of their years.  They listen with great attention as we together savor the wisdom in each chapter.   The residents are blessings to me.

Savoring the season with its colors, its flavors, and its textures is an Autumn activity.  Savoring wisdom and blessings may be as well.   It takes time to pause, to pay attention, and to listen.  During these early Autumn days, I wish you time.