November is not a bad time to consider the autumn of your life. As the sky becomes pale and distant, you can consider how scenes of your days recede—how your thoughts and emotions might also feel a bit faded and wistful.
As we grow older, we are just as capable as ever of experiencing strong emotion and being moved by great passion. But we’ve become a bit more discerning about what deserves great emotion or passion. Perhaps we have the instinctual urge to conserve precious energy. What used to elicit an intense response may not have the same effect now. We’ve learned that most problems work themselves out. We’ve learned that we will get hurt but that most hurts heal. We’ve also learned that God will show up with grace, even in the unhealed places.
We are grateful for the gift of perspective—the ability to scan over life scenes with a bit more objectivity. We see that we weren’t as nice or smart or spiritual as perhaps we wanted to be—but we can also see that we were more beautiful, smart, and resourceful than we realized at the time.
Imagine your life so far as a collection of photographs. Which ones stand out for you today, and why?