By Coleen Ellis
What a beautiful time of the year. The fall colors are abundant, from the outside foliage (if one is so lucky!) to inside décor at the minimum. The smell of pumpkin, spices, and leaves are so invigorating and inspiring, I believe. The time of year when the year is preparing to come to an end, making way for the New Year baby.
Have you read the book by Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story Of Life For All Ages? Such an appropriate read for this time of the year. As the descriptor on Amazon reads: This story by Leo Buscaglia is a warm, wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story about a leaf named Freddie. Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter’s snow. It’s an inspiring allegory illustrating the delicate balance between life and death.
It’s a beautiful read. One that, again, is so appropriate for this time of year. A story that gives one pause to reflect not only on a year that’s gone so fast, one full of loves and losses, but on the freshness of spring that’s inevitably right around the corner.
We’re in the throes of the holidays. With the beauty of the season to the stark reminders of loved ones not with us, it’s an emotional roller coaster. Beauty on one hand, tears for what’s gone from this earthly existence on the other hand.
As we prepare and become mindful of these emotions, be kind to yourself. Let’s take the next few weeks together of Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s to walk together, to share together the splendor of the season, as well as the roller coaster of emotions looming for lost loves.
Be kind to yourself. And, let’s be kind to our fellow humans knowing full well we’re all on this same ride together.