With the weather turning colder and with the sky staying gray more often than not, my eyes tend to chart the path of my feet. On my way to class the other day, however, I happened to look up.
I see a few leaves holding on with all their might, somehow holding onto the tip-top of the tree. They are aflame like candlelight, burning brightly in the face of the wind. What is it they reveal to me this day? What do I need to know? That I myself am out on limb, exposed for all to see and watch in my successes and failures? That I am attached to things that eventually I will have to let go of? That nature is amazing in its color palette, and I simply need to notice? Maybe these leaves held on long enough to be seen.
Most of us are trying so hard to do what is right, to do well, and to make the world a little better for our being here. Sometimes our presence is enough. Persevere. Shine brightly. Know when to let go.