New seasons, new perspectives, new perceptions

So here I am again at peripheralperceptions.wordpress.com. And if you’re reading this, you’ve successfully found me! All in all it was a smooth transition. The accessories aren’t exactly where I want them yet, but all the furniture was successfully relocated…except the spam comments….didn’t pack up and move the spam comments. I’m sure the spambots will find me again soon. Until then, the other site can serve as a decoy. 🙂

 yellow magic mums
Texture by Kim Klassen: Magic 0916

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall. 
~F. Scott Fitzgerald, THE GREAT GATSBY

Today, September 23rd, is the Autumnal Equinox in these parts. Beginning late yesterday, the sun began crossing the equator, and the northern hemisphere begins preparing for shorter, cooler days before our leaves explode with color. Depending on which farmer’s almanac you consult, the winter could be another dandy in the Midwest.

So as the season prepares to start over, I suppose it’s fitting to start over with my blog on the first full day of the Autumn…my favorite season.

Starting over. The words carry a variety of impressions and feelings.

The most common impression is that we start over when we’ve experienced failure at something we’ve attempted. Maybe it’s the death of a dream. Maybe, we’ve screwed up, realize we’re going in the wrong direction and need to stop and revise our attitude or behaviors. But one thing is certain…it’s never to late to begin again. It’s never too late to right a wrong. It’s never too late to change.

thistle

Souls reconstructed with faith transform agony into peace. 
~Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

We also start over when we’ve finished an accomplishment and are ready to move on to something else…something more challenging. Been there, done that is the motto we use when we’re ready to begin a new chapter in our lives.  But turning a page in our book doesn’t mean we forget everything we’ve read. Any new endeavor needs to be approached using all the knowledge we’ve learned from the past. We can build on our past accomplishments….and, yes, even our failures….and make our present and future a better place for ourselves and those we love. We can never erase our past. But, there is no success in life if we can’t or won’t learn from our mistakes and use them as a guide for how to approach the future.

It’s humbling to start fresh. It takes a lot of courage. But it can be reinvigorating.
You just have to put your ego on a shelf and tell it to be quiet. 
~Jennifer Ritchie Payette

ocra flower

 A balanced life isn’t to do as we please, but to learn to do what is right.
A person that is truly free in life doesn’t try to balance the good and evil inside him.
He fearlessly fights the war between his heart and mind, by choosing
one path of standards to live by that will end suffering for himself and others.” 

~Shannon L. Alder

Whatever the reason, starting over begins when we contemplate where we are in life and where we want to be. It requires us to look back and make decisions on what we should keep and we need to ditch in order to fully enjoy life. Deciding what to keep is usually pretty darn easy. But realizing what to ditch is sometimes a little harder and about an enjoyable as a root canal. Sometimes we want to hang on to things that are not beneficial to our well-being; things that keep us from reaching our full potential; things that…while we cling to them because they’re part of our comfort zone….don’t stretch our abilities or allow us to grow.

Forget the former things and o not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
~Isaiah 43:18-19

Starting over…new beginnings…an exercise in futility if there isn’t a plan or guide to follow.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
~Jeremiah 29:11 

So Happy Autumnal Equinox! A new season with the promise of new beginnings and possibilities.

What will you accomplish?

Linking up with Texture Twist, Texture Tuesday and Life Through the Lens
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12 thoughts on “New seasons, new perspectives, new perceptions

  1. Congratulations on your fresh start. Your new blog space is inviting and your message for today was thoughtful and engaging. I found myself nodding my head in agreement. I especially related the quote about a balanced life. Lovely photos and encouraging thoughts – thank you!

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  2. Those holding on/letting go choices can be very difficult. And sad, joyful, wrenching, freeing. But always there is that opportunity for a new beginning with new knowledge and strengths.

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  3. I so loved reading this post (twice!!), Lisa.
    I am also thrilled about your move, and am hoping that now I will be notified when you post (just added you to Bloglovin’) 🙂

    I hope you’re having a wonderful day, sweet friend. xo.

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  4. “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall.
    ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, THE GREAT GATSBY”

    I had no idea he said that! What a brilliant quote!

    Faaaaaaabulous post, Lisa. Lots and lots of inspiration and truth in your words.

    “Any new endeavor needs to be approached using all the knowledge we’ve learned from the past. We can build on our past accomplishments….and, yes, even our failures….and make our present and future a better place for ourselves and those we love. We can never erase our past. But, there is no success in life if we can’t or won’t learn from our mistakes and use them as a guide for how to approach the future.”

    Amen! Which is why I don’t believe is failure, because as long as I’ve learned something, there is growth.

    HAPPY AUTUMN, my friend!

    P.S. Terrific photographs!

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  5. Looks very nice here, but then your other sites always do too. Fall season I seem to look around at what needs all cleaned out, swept behind, and rearranged. It is my favorite weather; just wish it lasted a bit longer.

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