Change of season - Catholic Courier

Change of season

Many people love spring cleaning. It seems like an opportunity for a fresh start. Spring cleaning is nice, but to me fall seems like the perfect time to clean, re-evaluate and start over.

As the days grow cooler, we move inside. Evening comes earlier and the days get shorter. Students from preschool to grad school make preparations to start a new school year. Fall brings a return to routines and earlier bedtimes and earlier wake-up times. These changes make me want to clean up my house and look at my attitudes and habits.

While we are adding school and sports activities to our family calendar, we have an opportunity to schedule family activities. John and I write "Family Time" on a Friday evening or Saturday afternoon once a month and protect that date the way we protect our most important meetings. While we’re at it, we add an occasional "Date Night" to the calendar. Keeping these family and couple times sacred sends a message to every family member that our relationships are important and will not be sacrificed to busyness.

When we add new fall clothes to our closets, we pick out the clothes that no longer fit and donate them to a charity. We learn generosity, we clear out clutter, and others benefit.

In addition to taking control of our calendars and closets, we connect with each other. John and I like to pick one step to work on each fall. It might be a decision to sit down to dinner together more often, hold game or puzzle nights, reduce TV watching or computer time, schedule a trip to pick apples, any one step that will bring us closer as a family.

Taking a few small steps with the change of season helps me to reprioritize and keeps our family on track to becoming stronger and happier.

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