Last night, I went to bed thinking of the wind as I pondered Diane’s beautifully written post on the devastating effects of this force of nature.
And this morning, I awoke to the wind’s howling as it coursed through the trees; intent on taking with it, whatever lay in its path.
As Roxy and I entered the forest, I noticed how the majority of the trees were bare.
However, at the end of the path, I witnessed one lonely leaf, desperately clinging to a tree branch.
It had miraculously survived, and now danced proudly as the strong gusts whipped it left and right.
As I took in the scene before me, I wondered how the leaf was able to remain on the branch, valiantly clinging to life against all odds.
I also wondered if it wouldn’t it be easier to accept defeat and fall; to join the rest of the leaves that had already taken a nose dive.
And yet, it hung on.
It hung on the same way many of us hang on when it would be easier to let ourselves fall.
I realized many of us have much in common with this feisty and determined leaf.
At times, our lives take turns for the worse, our situation seems hopeless, and we come to doubt that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
Other times, even though we’d never do it, we wonder if it wouldn’t be easier to jump; to stop fighting; to give in.
Yet we know this is not an option; that this would be the coward’s way out.
We recognize that while pain is devastating, it also serves to remind us that we’re still alive; that we still have the ability to fight.
And so, we courageously find the inner strength to keep going.
Because we realize, that most of the time, help is not on the way.
We face the reality that we stand alone.
An army of one; depending only on ourselves.
It is this realization that prompts us to take action; to do the best we can, with the resources that we have.
Do we believe we have the chance to conquer as we battle the odds?
Most of the time, we can only pray and hope that we do.
Yet this shouldn’t prevent us from trying our damnedest; from trying to survive come what may.
As Roxy and I struggle to walk against the wind’s strong currents, I realize that we are one with the leaf.
And like the leaf, we should hold on even when the wind threatens to knock us down.
Today, I’m linking up with Heidi’s Black and White Wednesday.