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My mother-in-law left a silk leaf tucked into one of Brooklyn's books - she was delighted when it fell out at the perfect moment as we were reading it before bed!
Retrospection and introspection are favorite pastimes of mine. Turning around to see where I've come from, and turning inward to see how the adventures along my path have affected me, is how I gauge progress. I think that's part of why I love Autumn so much - it's an invitation to slow down from the rush of Summer and revel in the natural glory of changing leaves and changing seasons, with a cozy hoodie and a mug of something hot to keep your hands warm. You can't rush about when you're carrying a cup of cocoa - if you try, you'll end up wearing it instead of drinking it (I'm not speaking from experience or anything on that one... ahem).
But you also can't always look back - without turning your eyes to the path ahead, you'll stumble on roots and rocks and may even walk off the path entirely and look up to find yourself lost in the middle of the woods, with no idea how you got there or how to get back. The same goes for always looking up... and if you always look down, then you'll miss the beauty around you.
I haven't found balance yet - ultimately, I should strive to look around circumspectly, giving equal focus to where I've been, where I'm headed, to those walking beside me and to the path that I'm walking myself --- binding it all together by keeping my heart turned toward Jesus, because He is my companion, my guide, my purpose, my destination, and the Author of my story.