It is an old memory. I was a little boy and I was falling backwards. I wasn’t afraid. In fact, I felt thrilled and safe at the same time. Suddenly, my back made contact with something soft. I was falling into a huge pile of freshly fallen leaves. They were dry and had the wonderful smell of autumn. I smiled and started to half climb and half swim my way out of the pile. I could hear other kids around me yelling and laughing in the warm sunshine. They were dancing in the leaves, when I finally got out of the pile I got in. Then I looked up and saw the last butterfly of the season circling around. It was such a glorious day in the fall that I wished it would last forever.
Of cause that day didn’t last forever. As I grew up, I became more afraid of falling and failing. It took me many years to regain that child’s trust and wisdom.. This life is only temporary and the love, joy, and light that await us are lasting. The only thing that really matters in this life is the love and kindness that we share with each other.