Okay. So for those of you who don't know, I've officially moved to Los Angeles, but a couple of days ago I came back to the east coast for a short visit. First of all, it's great to be here. I didn't realize how much I missed (and love) my seasons. The leaves are just starting to turn color, the sun has been shining, and essentially it's really just been all-around lovely weather.
Now, you may or may not also know that I don't post many of these. In fact, I believe this is my second one. Ever. Go figure.
But I was driving today through a canopy of red and gold foliage and a thought crossed my mind that I felt the need to share. It's cheesy, it's hokey, and while I'd love to pass it off as philosophical, deep, and meaningful, I'm not sure how many of you would buy it. But here it is nonetheless:
The leaves struck me as a MASSIVE metaphor for numerous situations, and life in general.
Okay...allow me to [try to] explain.
It just sort of struck me all at once that as gorgeous as these colors and various trees are right now, they're dying. They're at the end of a season, and soon they'll be dead and fall off all together...and they're going out in a glorious spectacle of vibrance and color. And I just thought, "What an awesome message to take from nature."
If we take a step back and really look at that, there's a lot to learn from it. It's a perfect example of how we should be living life. Take the metaphor in as big or as little a parameter as you want, the message remains the same. It doesn't matter whether we're referring to a tough situation (or a good situation for that matter), or to life as a whole. The fact is, we should be doing exactly what nature is doing. And why not? Life is a beautiful thing, and is PERFECTLY represented by the seasons. And right now, that season is ending. That cycle is coming to a close, and will begin anew in several months...but for now it's almost as if nature is saying "Yep. That's it for me, I'm done here. But I'm going out with a laugh and a bang, and I'm going to be positive about it." And yes...in several months, the bare trees will cash in on that good karma and begin to flower again and give life to a whole new generation. Is it really so unfamiliar?
I think the only unfamiliar part is that we look at the closing of a year, the ending of a cycle...the changing of a guard as a bad thing. And it's not. Why should it be? The year has had its ups and downs, I'm sure...but in the end a new day will come, and the cycle will be reborn. Perhaps we should take a step back and observe nature and realize that we should be celebrating with laughter and smiles and celebrations; focusing on the positive, rather than the negative fact that something is coming to a close. Because call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure that a fresh slate is just around the corner.
Just food for thought.