Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road this morning, I was hiking through the woods when I heard an orange leaf cry, “I won’t do it! I won’t do it!” It sounded like leaf abuse so I checked it out.
Leaf? Should I call 911? What’s going on?
ORANGE LEAF: I won’t let go of this tree! I love it here! Everything I know is here!
So what’s the problem? Hang onto your branch.
ORANGE LEAF: I can’t! My stem is weak. I can’t hold on anymore. Why is this happening to me?!
I wish I could tell you! It seems to be the way of things. For all of us.
ORANGE LEAF: But it’s crazy! I mean, I don’t know how I got here in the first place. And now I don’t understand why I have to leave.
I know the feeling. Everyone does.
ORANGE LEAF: I’m not ready to go. I love life. I had a great budhood. I had the best greenage years. I love making shade. I love dancing when there’s a breeze. And there are so many memories here! The day the kite got stuck. The bird that built her nest here. The day her eggs hatched. Watching her babies learning to fly. And while it was all happening, somehow I turned orange. I was so busy I didn’t notice.
It happens fast. For everyone.
ORANGE LEAF: But I don’t want to go! I don’t want my life to end!
It isn’t going to. You’re just moving on to a different phase.
ORANGE LEAF: How do you know?
Because I can see there’s a lot beyond you that you haven’t experienced and don’t understand.
ORANGE LEAF: Like what?
Well, you’ve never seen the ocean.
ORANGE LEAF: The what?
And you’ve never seen a mountain range, a canyon, a desert, a volcano —
ORANGE LEAF: What are you talking about?? Why is it that YOU’RE able to see all these things?
Because I have a car.
ORANGE LEAF: A what?
It’s not important. I’m just saying, when you let go, you’ll be ending one phase but starting another. You’re part of something bigger even though you can’t see it right now.
ORANGE LEAF: Well, how am I gonna get where I’m going? So I can see all these things?
The wind will carry you. Have faith.
ORANGE: Ugh. There’s so much I don’t understand.