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The Wisdom of Leaves

The Wisdom of Leaves

It occurred to me as I was raking mountainous volumes of leaves that leaves hold much wisdom. Leaves encourage change. They grow, transform, display their true colors. They lie still when necessary and are comfortable with motion when pushed by their friend the wind. They live. They die gracefully, and come back again in the spring with the light of hope.

We can learn from leaves… how to embrace change, lie in the stillness of the moment, be tolerant of gentle nudges from friends …. Then live gracefully, die and return with the light of hope.

The Wisdom of Leaves

The Wisdom of Leaves

Living With Grief

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Living with grief is difficult everyday … no matter how long it has been since the death of a son or daughter. We do NOT get “over” it. We live WITH it. Grief becomes a part of us … yet it does not have to destroy us. At some point in the grieving process we have a choice to make. We can choose joy or we can choose sadness. The power to choose joy is ours.

The choice doesn’t come easy. In order for us to progress toward joyful living we have to acknowledge our pain, live with it, and process it even when it is dark and debilitating. Standing face-to-face with grief is the only way to allow it to become a part of our internal fabric of being. There is no other way. We must step into the fear of pain and darkness. Once we do, light will begin to shine again… but it takes time.