Today was definitely a fall day. The sun was shining, but the air had a cool crisp feel to it. The rain had stopped long enough for me to be able to pull my withering flowers and my dead cucumber vines from my garden.
As crazy at it sounds, I enjoyed this activity. It was a glorious summer in the Pacific Northwest, but now it was time to prepare my yard for the cold wet days that were coming in the months ahead. I put my flowerpots under the eves and put away my patio furniture. It felt good to know that I would be able to enjoy these things when spring returns. It was comforting to know that I was protecting my yard from the soon to come harsh winter.
Being prepared always gives me sense of security. I think of the many mornings that I have been late for work because I did not pack up my briefcase the night before. I also have been guilty of not reading the agenda that was sent to me prior to my early morning meeting. If I had only set a few minutes aside to get ready, it would have made all the difference.
The next time you have a few extra moments, I encourage you to use them to prepare. It may be shutting off the outside water tap or preparing for a business presentation. You will be glad for the calm and security that planning ahead will bring.
“Be Prepared. The meaning of the motto is that a Scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.” Robert Baden-Powell