Fall is here.
The signs abound
… in Nature.
… and within us
as we move into and through the Fall Season of our Lives.
There are times when we feel alive and vibrant
in body, mind and spirit.
There are times when we realize that
… the withering of skin
… the creaking of bones
… the aching of muscles
… the forgetfulness that comes with the aging process
are part of the Fall Season of life.
Is it wisdom to ignore these signs?
Is it wisdom to focus solely on these signs?
How to maintain balance between
acknowledgement of the stages of life
and the reality of the cycle of life?
Perhaps leaves can be our teacher.
When leaves change colour
… the tree is still there.
When our face, legs, arms, neck, hands begin to wither
… we are still there.
When leaves fall
… not all fall at the same time.
When we rise from a chair or sofa
… stiffness doesn’t always remain with us.
Winter is coming.
It is inevitable.
In the meantime
if leaves and trees could talk
perhaps they would remind us
to spread our branches
to acknowledge our natural beauty
… in each season
and to welcome life.
photo and text © June Maffin
<photo taken Shawnigan Lake, B.C., Canada>