What if the leaves were to say I refuse to change? They might not transition from shades of green to red, orange and yellow. Maybe they would fail to fall from the trees. They may not be willing to share branches with neighboring flowers and leaves.
Life involves transition. Nature reminds us that nothing in life remains the same. Leaves pass through seasons just as we go through seasons.
While there’s beauty in transformation, there’s also resistance. Every stage of life involves uncertainty and risk. Even the calmest of periods is made up of rainy and sunny days. If we hope to grow, we have to be willing to embrace change.
Colors change just as seasons change. We color our lives when we allow change to change us for the positive. A desire to grow and branch out may call our name, yet fear of the unknown tempts us to stay in place. We say we want a new start, but we don’t want to change. We want life to be different while we remain the same.
The next time you’re tempted to stay put when it’s time for a transition, think of the leaf. It comes from a tree, and that tree grows where it’s planted. Growth is gradual, and change happens naturally. Although its colors change in season, it doesn’t fight the process. It flourishes and grows beside fellow leaves. At times, it withers and falls while staying close to its tree. Other times, it branches out or flies away with the breeze.
That leaf has something important to teach us. Grow where you’re planted. Change in season. Be open to sharing a branch. Blow with the wind, or wither if you must. But above all else, be willing to branch out and take a chance.
Growth will stretch you. Don’t let it break you. Step outside your comfort zone. Grow into your potential.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
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