“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”
~ John Milton
Our farm yard looked like it had a retro remodel update this past week by heavy winds and rain, the green sod now covered with a mottled yellow brown shag carpet of leaves. This transformation is temporary as this new carpet will soon start to rot under the burden of endless days of wintry drizzle and freezing weather.
Today’s epiphany: only 8 months ago, none of these leaves even existed. They were mere potential in bud form, about to burst and grow in a silent awesome explosion of green and chlorophyll. After their brief tenure as shade and protection and fuel factory for their tree, last week they rained to the ground in torrents, letting go of the only (and so transient) security they had known.
Now they become compost, returning their substance to the soil to feed the roots of the trees that gave them life to begin with.
Recycled by transcendent death,