Saturday, October 29, 2011
Posted by Deborah Tisch
Do you remember learning about leaves in biology class? And that leaf collection you had to prepare? Please tell me that everyone had to have a leaf collection in high school biology class...
Yesterday I decided to pull out my good old World Book, and read about how leaves change color. All of the biology class stuff has leaked out of my brain, and I needed to learn about leaves again. Maybe it’s because they are so stunningly beautiful right now.
What I had forgotten is that a new bud for next spring’s leaf is already in place before the old leaf falls off the tree. What I needed to be reminded of is that the leaf is the main food producing structure of the plant, that nearly all leaves have this same basic job.
And leaves change color because a little disk of cork blocks the pathways to and from the leaf, cutting off the food supply. Depending on the tree and the pigment it stores, we will see the various colors in the fall foliage. What an amazing design!
It all makes me aware of the cycle of life in each of us. Something new is growing in each of us, while something else dies. Is it an old habit that we want to let go of and replace with a better one? Could it be that we are letting go of the stories of our past and embracing the moment that is here, now? Maybe it’s the nudge to create something beautiful that is waiting within us for the right conditions to bring it forth.
The real challenge, for me at least, is to look at what we let go of and see the good in it. Some days we have to let go of what might have been an ugly thing, but we heal when we see the upside of what it was - - even if it takes a long time for it to appear.
Blessings to you this day....