I love autumn! The cooler temperatures give me more energy and a hearty appetite. The brightly colored leaves on the ground bring interesting new scents from afar. They make a curious crunching sound when I walk through them. The spring and summer vegetation is fading yet I see other plants thriving this time of year.
Human pups tumble playfully in the piles of leaves. It looks like such fun! I am amused by watching the squirrels frantically scurrying about gathering and hiding provisions for the cold months to come. I am thankful that my human team provides for all of my needs, yet I know that not all of my canine colleagues are so fortunate.
I have observed that humans love autumn too. Many say it is their favorite time of year. I sense for many it is a nostalgic time for reflection and a season with many traditions. My humans spend more time indoors, and the pace of daily life is just a bit more relaxed. We enjoy a bit more quality time together watching men throw and kick balls on the electronic device with moving images. The house is often full of tantalizing warm foods and spicy aromas.
I have heard the term “the autumn of your life.” I think this can be both a positive or negative term. Are you in the autumn of your career? Perhaps you are contemplating a major change to your position, or you are taking on a senior role at your job. Whatever the circumstances, make autumn the best season of your work life!
This may be a time when you can take on new challenges and risks. The pace of your career may not burn as hotly as it once did, but you can still make an impact. You can be like the foliage that is most brilliant in the cooler weather. Bring boldly colored ideas to the table. Add spice to the discussion. Have fun! While others are scurrying around like busy squirrels, your maturity and experience can bring perspective on the big picture and on what is really important. This is a time for a new kind of boldness – the boldness to be yourself!
How you spend the autumn of your career is up to you. You can sit like a dried leaf, waiting to be raked up and composted. Or you can take flight on the swirling wind and soar into a bold and colorful adventure!
Your best friend,
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 I am nine human-years-old, which is 63 in dog years. I guess I am also in the autumn of my life. Does this make me a canine baby boomer?