Sometimes, the simple things are the best things. For instance, I can’t remember the last time the trees in our area were this beautiful.

I was driving down the mountain the other morning on my way to work when I noticed the beautiful fall colors.

I was taken by the beautiful autumnal blanket covering DeKalb County, because last year a number of counties in Alabama lost hundreds of acreage to fire outbreaks.

DeKalb County was included in those statistics but has obviously made a comeback. This fall, we have been blessed with mornings that feel enchanting because of the cool crisp air rustling through the leaves, and with afternoons that seem relaxing because of the lazy amber rays of sun peaking through nature’s colors of yellows, purples and greens as the day ends.

We are surrounded by all of this beauty, and I’m ashamed to say that I take it for granted most days. We live in a beautiful area and we should be proud of it.

I know we get caught up in our daily routines and things start to become ordinary to us from time to time, but look at the magnificent sights around us.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and although we are more aware of our blessings during a holiday that is reserved for the celebration of those things, we should be thankful for our blessings each day.

We have so much, beyond physical things, to be thankful for. We live in a safe area where people still believe in doing the right thing.

We go to work with people who are educated and want to make a good life for themselves. We shop with people who want to provide for their families, and we go to church with people who want to worship the God who has made all of these things possible for us.

I am proud to say I am from here, and we should always make a conscious effort to take the time to appreciate the lives we live in this place we call home.

Today, at some point in your daily routine, make a conscious effort to stop for a brief moment and acknowledge the place you call home and treasure the simple things it offers you.

Kayla Beaty is a staff writer for the Times-Journal. Her email address is

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