Wednesday Words of Wisdom: The Circle of Life

22 May

“I give you this to take with you:
Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can
begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.”
― Judith Minty, Letters to My Daughters
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Life is fleeting. My magnolia tree in the front yard is an excellent example of life’s fleeting beauty. Early in the Spring, the deep green leaves reveal hidden buds like pale yellow cocoons, waiting to burst through their shell.

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Petals of brilliant white unfold and reach for the sun.

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Now, totally open and glorious, sharing its glory with hope and promise.

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As in life and nature, everything comes to an end. The cycle of the magnolia flower is just as fleeting as our life. The gorgeous ivory flower lasts only a day or two, then shrivels up and withers the next.

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I often wax nostalgic and compare my life to that magnolia flower. But, as the sad brown blossom falls to the ground, another bud bursts open and takes its place. The circle of life continues, and next season it all starts over again. There’s always hope. I guess we need to appreciate and learn from each stage of our fleeting magnolia life.

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