Stuck in a rut? The cool, crisp au­tumn breeze can be your wind of change

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Tributes -

There’s some­thing about septem­ber which sig­nals a new start.

Chil­dren are back at school af­ter the long sum­mer break.

Work­ers re­turn from their hol­i­days with glossy sun­tans. We make plans to join a slimming club or take an evening class. We think about re­dec­o­rat­ing and browse through paint charts.

The TV pro­grammes for au­tumn are launched and we de­cide what we want to watch. There are some crack­ing new crime se­ries on of­fer.

I’m en­joy­ing Trust Me on catch-up, about a woman who pre­tends to be a doc­tor and al­most gets away with it.

Best of all, Satur­day nights of­fer us the chance to get en­grossed in a new se­ries of Strictly Come Danc­ing. This year’s looks more ex­cit­ing than ever, with a great line-up of con­tes­tants and a glam­orous new fe­male on the judg­ing panel.

I’m back­ing TV pre­sen­ter Ruth Langs­ford and Scot­tish co­me­dian Su­san Cal­man, and hop­ing they go the dis­tance.

Au­tumn is one of my favourite sea­sons with leafy golden trees, spicy scents in the air, and the fun of crunch­ing through heaps of leaves in the park.

It’s a sea­son of new be­gin­nings in so many ways.

A time to take stock and think about the fu­ture. Do we want to move house or think about build­ing an ex­ten­sion? Is our job sat­is­fy­ing or is it time for a change? Is this re­la­tion­ship work­ing or has it run its course? Am I mak­ing the best choices for my life or just stuck in a rut?

Most of us are com­fort­able with safe rou­tines and are wary of change. But ev­ery now and then it’s not a bad idea to take a long, hard look at how we spend our time, our money, our pre­cious days – and de­cide what we want for the months ahead.

One of my friends has de­cided to go trav­el­ling on her own, to coun­tries she has longed to see but which weren’t on the fam­ily hol­i­day map of sum­mers in Spain.

So she’s spend­ing evenings on the in­ter­net plan­ning a jour­ney which will end in In­dia.

An­other friend has de­cided that this is the year she will stop talk­ing about learn­ing French and ac­tu­ally sign up for classes.

A woman I know who has come through some tough health prob­lems has de­cided that, now she re­alises how lucky she has been, she wants to put some­thing back – and is go­ing to do some vol­un­tary work. So she has signed up to run house­bound peo­ple to hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments.

Good for her. In ev­ery com­mu­nity there are tasks wait­ing for peo­ple who have a lit­tle time and en­ergy to spare.

Au­tumn, the sea­son of mists and mel­low fruit­ful­ness, of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to think about how we spend the most pre­cious com­mod­ity we have – our time.

Do we use it wisely and well? Are we happy with our rou­tines?

A good way of start­ing the think­ing process is go­ing for a walk on your own on a crisp au­tumn day. Look around, sniff the air, lis­ten to the birds and the sound of the leaves crunch­ing un­der your feet.

Free­ing up your mind is the first step in mak­ing the choices which lead to a new start.

They don’t need to be big changes. They just need to be yours.

The golden sea­son is the ideal time to make changes large or small.

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