A Story for Autumn

“Like a Leaf”, Excerpted from Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling.  The leaf told me,
“No.  During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive.  I worked hard to help nourish the tree, and now much of me is in the tree.  I am not limited by this form.  I am also the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree.  So I don’t worry at all.  As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.’”

That day there was a wind blowing and, after a while, I saw the leaf leave the branch and float down to the soil, dancing joyfully, because as it floated it saw itself already there in the tree.  It was so happy.  I bowed my head, knowing that I have a lot to learn from the leaf.

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