Day 277 In the Middle

September 12, 2015

(If we live with an open and grateful attitude, every day will bring a gift. This is one of 365 gifts during the year I turned 70.)

Galileo said that objects at rest tend to remain at rest—inertia—and Newton’s law of motion states that objects in motion tend to remain in motion. However, the laws that objects conform to are not the same as life’s laws, time’s laws. Life is about transitions and constant change.

This morning, I look at a leaf in my flowerpot—a leaf that is on its way to dying—and I am surprised at its beauty. The contrast between the green still-living part and the brittle dead section creates a leaf more beautiful than what lies in its past and future. I see how the green is outlined by a transitioning yellow. I notice how the brown part, like the cup of a human palm, holds the past. My eyes wander to the brown tip and how it gently curls outward. I look at how the veins continue from life to death. When I hold this moment in my mind, I understand that transition shows a beauty that can only exist in the middle of change.

On my way home from the hospital tonight, my rear view mirror shows a gorgeous sky with pink clouds that turn into an orange and gray sunset. It is a time of transition as the life of day merges into the dead of night. Sometimes I wish I could stop and hold time in the middle of transition.

My gift today is the beauty of transition.

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