I’ve noticed the seasons change more this year than last. Everything seemed more bright, bold, and now cold this year than the one before. The sun, the leaves’ colors, the chill didn’t register as much with COVID front and center, blocking my view. As the pandemic now dances around the periphery, I again can see more of what’s beyond it.

The mind bends and overwhelming things eventually become part of the whole. I can’t help but wonder if it’s possible to let my guard down too much yet. I find myself glancing back over my shoulder hoping the lessons learned will be enough to contend with new variants and whatever else lies ahead. Still moving forward, spending my time enjoying the early darkness each day, the joy of the holiday season, and the upcoming new year with hope that what’s happening now really is the beginning of the end.

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