(Originally written, September 1991)

What comes to your mind when you think of “fall”? For many of us we don’t want to see the fun and warmth of summer going away. Fall is a time of changing colors, falling leaves, crisp cool mornings, warm afternoons, and earlier evenings. Fall brings football, classes, sweaters, fireplaces, preparation for the holidays, and the knowledge that winter with its cold weather and special activities is right around the corner.

But isn’t fall a lot more than this? Fall brings us to the reality of the seasons of the year and better yet, the seasons of life. Fall even more than January is a time of new beginnings in schedule, work, education, and stability. All of us love the excitement of summer, but the “things” and “activities” what we plant in our lives in the fall determine our futures. Our company has always had an October 21st yearend. It is a time of inventory, analysis, meetings, and harvest. We thank God for the trials and blessings of the last year and begin to work on the next.

Springtime presents us with new life, sunshine, fresh outdoor air, and hope after a long winter. Summer allows us to work, play, travel, and enjoy life to the fullest. Winter would be much longer without the fireplaces, family, holidays, and OU basketball. But I’ll take Fall! As an organized person I can try to reschedule my life again. I can reprioritize my life. I enjoy the gentle rains and the new routines. My life seems to gain balance, stability, and purpose. The energy of Springtime and the exhaustion of Summer are set aside for the reflection of the Fall. It prepares for the Winter ahead.

Your children are in their Springtime, and many of you in your 20’s, 30’s, and early 40’s are in the prime of Summertime of life. But at 45 years old, I’ll take the Autumn season of life and enjoy it to the fullest. Because one day all of us will face the harsh realities of Winter. So whether we talk of the seasons of the year, or the seasons of life, let’s not overlook perhaps the best season of them all!

Enjoy the reflection of this Fall!

About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

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