I am the Vine 1 by Janet Vanderhoof
Isn't it interesting that leaves burst into brilliant colors before they swirl from the trees and dance their way to the ground? Fall isn't just about loss and letting go - it's also a celebration of what has been accomplished during the year. Throughout spring and summer, these same leaves have been busy with the process of photosynthesis, and along with the root structure of the tree they've provided all the nourishment necessary to create another ring of life. But unlike roots, leaves aren't constructed to last for more than one season. After doing their job, they gracefully move on.

Each of us go through seasons of life. When we sense we're at a time of transition, it's important to remember what has brought us to this point: the things we've learned, the traits that have made us who we are, the relationships we've developed. Some of these comprise our root system and will remain with us our entire life. Others - roles we've played, jobs we've had, ways of relating we've used, belief systems we've held onto - are like leaves. They've been essential for a time and now are ready to be released.

So before we let what is no longer useful go, let's celebrate where those things have brought us! And then let the wind swirl through our branches, and ready us for what's ahead.

October's Party
George Cooper

"October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band."

The artist Janet Vanderhoof was featured in the online art magazine "Empty Easel."
10/20/2011 10:44:15 am

Hi Sue, How elegantly stated! Remembering to always be mindful of the present and celebrate the now, letting go of the old that pulls us down, but remembering what brought us to today.

10/20/2011 06:20:45 pm

absolutely beautiful!

perhaps the thing i like best that you've written to this point. celebration and letting go.

yes yes.



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