It’s fall! Did you happen to notice? (Probably not if you live here in South Florida with me). This year it caught me by surprise, but I do love the season. The air changes as the trees transform – shifting from green to red, yellow and that oh-so-final brown. And yet, what is fall? It’s a transition between summer and winter; it’s a forewarning of the bigger change ahead. The leaves are millions of tiny signals shouting, “Change is coming! Change is coming!”
In our lives, the same happens. There are always leaves changing, signifying what’s to come. Do you notice them? Being a somewhat stubborn & rebellious human, sometimes there are season changes that I refuse to accept. I ignore them, try to prevent them, or worse yet, reverse them. I actually think I just might be able to tape those fallen leaves right back onto the tree. Imagine how crazy you’d think I was if you happened upon me taping dead leaves to a tree & truly believing that would reverse the season change! But we do this! We try so hard to fight the change, to hold onto the past or the pain or the perfect picture we think we had (which, I’m sorry to say, is never going to be completely accurate).
No matter how much we try – I don’t care if you’ve got the best duct tape (or gaff tape for all my production people out there) on the planet — those leaves will not return to green. The change is happening. Tape won’t stop that. It will make the new season look awkward & ugly, but it won’t stop it from coming. The leaves will continue to die and eventually rot. Poor leaves.
So here’s the thought: Let the leaves go. Enjoy the beautiful cascade of leafy colors for what it is and then prepare for what’s next! There’s hot chocolate on the horizon! & pies, turkeys & presents! Yay, presents! What’s coming is better than what’s been. So, my friends, let the leaves go.