Mar 22

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New growth

This morning as I was driving to an interview, the sun was shining through the trees and everything seemed to be sparkling. It was a perfect morning – well, if you don’t consider that it was 70 degrees at 9 AM on March 22. But let’s not quibble. It was gorgeous.

There was a moment when I looked up into the trees and did a double take – were those buds that I was seeing on the trees?  And not just little tiny beginnings of buds; they were big, heavy, ready-to-burst buds.  I was stymied.  Sure, it’s been unusually warm, but this was crazy.  Trees should absolutely, definitely not be doing this right now.  Not in the mountains of northern New Hampshire.  Normally they’d still be under a couple feet of snow.

But as I looked closer, I realized that it wasn’t actually new buds.  In fact, they were dead leaves from last fall that had not yet dropped.  They’ve been hanging there for so long that they’re thin and delicate like lace.  I guess that without the usual storms – wind, heavy snow, ice – there wasn’t enough friction to take down the detritus of the previous season.

Which got me thinking – how often do I hold onto the remnants of last season, rather than shedding it so that I can burst forth into the new season?

And here’s the interesting part – last season, those things were healthy.  They were vital.  They were completely correct and necessary.  I did nothing wrong by having those experiences in the first place.

But as I move into my next season of growth, those thoughts/beliefs/feelings no longer serve me.  It’s quite possible that they might inhibit the growth of the next season. Maybe it’s time to let the memories of them go so that I can have new experiences.

Just a thought.  Brought to you by the trees.  🙂

I couldn't take a picture while I was driving, so this was a while later with the sun shining differently. i don't know if you can see what I saw - it might get clearer if you click the photo and look at the full-size version.

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Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1. Naked Girl in a Dress

    This was a great reminder!
    Naked Girl in a Dress recently posted at their blog…At Home

    1. Leah Carey

      Thanks! 🙂

  2. Romi Jaiswal

    New Growth,is a beautiful way of inspiring us human beings.So to say that the nature is always trying to teach us something.Its us who do not read the in between lines?

    1. Leah Carey

      Thanks Romi! Yes, I think it’s true – there are so many lessons in nature, if only we take a few moments to pay attention. 🙂

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