A home schooling principle for this fall

by Mary Ann on October 18, 2010

Fall Is For “Cleaning House”

amazing fall colours
Fall is in the air- I love it! Although it still seems a bit like summer here in the west where I live, I know fall is just around the corner. There is a slight chill to the air and the suns rays seem a bit thinner. The flowers are brilliant and blooming like mad in the final days of warm weather.

autumn flowers

Why do I love autumn so much? Well, things begin to gear down. It feels somehow, restful. It feels peaceful. I have a desire to sit on the porch and soak up the sun. I want to bake bread! These autumn months make me feel cozy. I have a desire to be home, puttering, preparing for winter.

Mostly, I love this season because the falling leaves remind me that to everything there is a season. There is a time for gathering and a time for letting go. This is a time when I feel the need to simplify.

beautiful autumn colours

Just as the leaves of fall must let go so the tree can rest we too need to occasionally take stock of what we have and ask ourselves, “Is this serving a purpose or is it just clutter?” Are there commitments or obligations that I have taken on that are not serving my family or me? Is my calendar cluttered? Is there too much ‘stuff ‘in my home? Are the cupboards of my mind too full? What about my emotions? Are there any old wounds and hurts that I need to release to the wind? Fall is a time for taking stock and cleaning house.

When we think of this type of cleaning many think of spring. But for me fall is the time. I don’t want to be closed up for winter with too many obligations, too much stuff, too few hours for home and family or feelings that burden my days and nights. Winter is for rest and I want to be free to rest.

This is rule number four of the Five Rules of Engagement. It is a true principle which allows us to have a great deal of freedom: Keep it simple – when you put something in, take something out. It is a principle, which if observed, can help us keep plenty of time for family, relationships and learning.

As my darling daughter, Jenny, so elegantly said, “Precious Autumn demonstrated graceful change to me today. To change…..and release…..with grace.

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Jenny Johnson October 18, 2010 at 4:37 am

Mom, you are an amazing writer. You are an amazing creator. You are an amazing evolver. You amaze me. I love you to the moon and back. Thank you for blessing my spirit with the words of your spirit. You have my heart…………..


Mary Ann October 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Jenny I love you for coming to my site and loving me and then saying it. You always say things so BEAUTIFULLY!! I love you.


Mary Ann October 26, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Thank you for stopping by and for the support. Please check in often.


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