Circle Of Life
Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. ~Hans Christian Anderson
As I’m driving through the streets of my neighborhood, looking at the beautiful leaves changing colors, I think, how depressing. The days become shorter, the air turns cold and the green leaves that house the trees all summer with life begin to die.
Autumn, once called Harvest, is the end of the growing season. It was a marked time for celebrating. Actually, it was noted on the calendar as one of the most important times of the year. It was a time for gathering food and holding festivals and enjoying feasts. It was a time to prosper from the crops that had been growing all season.
Autumn is the transition from warm to cold weather. To me it’s the transition from life to death. From the warm days of happiness to the cold dark days of depression. The bright yellow, red and orange colors that you see are the result of oxygen loss. Sunlight turns air and water into food for trees to live. When lacking these essentials the life is sucked out, suffocating the leaf, turning it a different color. Then the leaf falls to the ground, turning brown and crunchy, only to blow away in the wind.
The tree doesn’t die. It stores enough food to last the winter. And just when the tree needs replenishing the cold weather transitions into warm weather and the cycle begins again. And the tree, once, struggling through snow covered ground and dark skies, begins to fill its bare limbs with life.