Catch a Leaf
the maple leaf then let
There are lots of things that fall into our life, and other things get swept away. But this haiku is not about the things over which we have no control. Here, the author intentionally, consciously, does two actions: drawing something in and releasing something. These are the actions that bring meaning to our life.
I have lots of different opportunities in my life. I determine which leaf I want to catch. Some effort is required to set myself up in a position to get the leaf. Maybe I need to first learn a skill or educate myself; maybe I need to make a phone call and offer the skills I have. The leaf—the opportunity—has certain benefits I want to use or enjoy. And, by consciously choosing one leaf over another, I decide what kind of life I want to live: what thoughts, ideas, beliefs, people, things I will surround myself with.
It is easier to get rid of the physical things that clutter our life than it is to let go of the beliefs that hold us back. Sometimes we only reach for leaves of a certain size, or color, or those easiest to get. I limit myself by seeing myself as too small to accomplish anything important in the world. It takes more effort to let go of that belief, even when I see I’m holding it, than it does to just pick another leaf like it that reinforces that belief about myself. Can we let go of those leaves and challenge ourselves to see the entire forest? To move deeper into the unknown, even if only by a step or two? What might the benefits of doing that be?
On the subject of intentionally choosing a leaf to bring into your life, my last mini-retreat will be on Friday, Nov. 22. Do you want to bring the benefits of a strong and healthy low back to your life? Contact me for more details.