"No obstacles are insurmountable when God commands and we obey"
- - Heber J. Grant
September 19, 2014
Inhaling the Beauty of Autumn
by Dian Thomas

If you live in an area of the Northern Hemisphere that has four seasons, fall is fast coming. The turning of the leaves brings on the fall harvest, and is a great time to put away delicious food for the winter.

The little squirrel that lives in my backyard is also busy putting away his winter meals. I have named the squirrel Nick. He lives somewhere in the yard to the north of me. His main daily activity now is running across the telephone wire that goes across my backyard, and then he climbs the tall pine tree to gather his pinecones.

I have said that if I ran as much as he does going back and forth to gather his winter meals, I would be thin.

A few nights ago I decided to go on a bike ride along Wasatch Boulevard that overlooks the Salt Lake Valley on the west and has mountains that go from 5,000 feet on the east to 11,000 feet. It was the most beautiful evening. Nature was at its peak.

As I looked to the west, I could see the orange sky hovering over the Great Salt Lake. To the east I could see the mountains dotted with every color of fall leaves. It was breathtaking.

I came upon a hill that was too steep for me to ride up, so I got off my bike and began to walk up past a vacant lot. All of a sudden I noticed a deer in the clearing, only about thirty feet from me. I stood perfectly still. I love seeing wildlife in my neighborhood.

There was road noise to the west. The deer would go about eating the grass, but if I lifted my foot to take a step the deer would immediately lift her head to check me out. Then I would be dead still for a couple more minutes and she would go back to eating.

It was amazing that every time I lifted my foot, she could detect that and lifted her head. How could she hear me lift my foot over all the noise that came from the road? I slowly and quietly walked pass her as she watched every step I took, ready to react if she sensed danger. I look back with amazement at such a beautiful animal.

My evening in the fall splendor took a couple of hours. By the time I got home I was renewed and excited to have had such a wonderful evening in nature. Sometimes I wonder why I don’t go out more often to experience the wonders that are right around us.

I have resolved to take time out each week to go and enjoy the beauties of the incredible world that we live in. Often it is right at our doorstep waiting for us to take time for it to renew our spirits and soul.

Dian Thomas has spent her life writing books and being in the media demonstrating her creative ideas. Now she is a tour leader, leading adventure trips to such fun places as South Africa, Peru, China, and Europe.

To learn more about her upcoming trip to Peru, watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk9J5xnTVMA. To enjoy affordable trips around the world call Dick Jensen at (801) 917-1131 or go to www.dickjensentours.com. For a special discount, tell him Dian sent you.

Dian’s books are on special at www.dianthomas.com. She is also a professional speaker and shares her creative ideas with audiences throughout the USA and Canada.


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About Dian Thomas

Dian Thomas was blessed with the good fortune to be born near and raised in the remote, breathtaking Manti-La Sal National Forest in southeastern Utah, where her father was the forest ranger. She took the skills she learned in the outdoors and turned them into a New York Times best-selling book, Roughing It Easy. Her appearance on the NBC's "Tonight" show with Johnny Carson boosted her into the national media scene, where she became a regular on NBC's "Today" show for eight years and then ABC's "Home Show" for six years. After more than 25 years of media exposure and 19 books, she now shares her practical insights and wisdom with audiences who want to savor life.

A former Relief Society president, Dian is currently serving as a visiting teacher. Visit her website at www.DianThomas.com

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