In reading One Thousand Gifts the past few weeks I've been challenged to slow down and give thanks - even for the little things. I've realized that I hurry through everything: hurrying to get ready and leave for work in the morning, hurrying to fix dinner, hurrying through the week to get to the weekend, hurrying to the next vacation or holiday or anticipated event. I hate that I do that! I miss out on the little joys and gifts along the way, when I really should be savoring those moments and giving thanks for them.
So, I'm going to start sharing "What I Love About" posts. A post every now and then capturing something I'm thankful for, big or small. I want to train myself to give thanks in all things, and I want to stop myself from taking so many things for granted.
First up: what I love about fall is making applesauce (I made this recipe). The reason I enjoy making applesauce is kind of ironic in light of what I just wrote about hurrying: I enjoy making applesauce because it forces me to slow down. Homemade applesauce is certainly not a necessity; most people just buy it from the store because it's quick and easy. But I love stopping and taking the time to peel and chop all of the apples. Waiting as they cook on the stove and soften and break up, filling the house with the scent of apple and cinnamon. It's a fall ritual for me, and I find it both comforting and rewarding. And I am thankful for it.