These are the thoughts of a Texas transplant in West Michigan who makes his living as a newspaper reporter by evening, and a struggling novelist by day.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


changes occur every day of our lives. some are minute and go unnoticed while others have far reaching effects. some become part of our daily routine while others alter our reoutine, sometimes for a little while or forever, in other cases.

change is definitely in the air.

take the temperature. it plummeted 20 degrees or so and is now settling into the 60s and 70s. the humidity is gone and there is an air (ardon the pun) of change. in a few weeks atumn will make its appearance, stretch its arms from its long sleep and shoo summer out into its own repose for nine months. a chain reaction will occur and mornings will be chilly, days shorters, nights cooler, leaves turning, then falling, gathering, piling. and the inevitable beast that is winter wil awaken from its own sleep.

and with change comes the journey, the paths we take from which we can no longer return, retrace our steps and follow another path or road, a much safer one leading through happy, sunny meadows where grass sways its green stems in the breeze, birds sly across the blue sky and time seems to stand still while you walk.

no. change does occur. and as we move, forcibly at times, through our path, we are also forced to accept. accept things we would rather not think about. would rather not hope happen. still, our path takes on on, moving steadily ahead, full of hills and valleys.

and through change comes maturity, also forced. though good, it also is a step away from innocence. maybe several steps away. gone are the times when summer crept along slow and days stretched long before us. the following school year not in sight. when saturday mornings meant awakening at 6 a.m. to watch hours of cartoons. to walk the woods or play cars or soldiers with your brother. or finding yourself traversing through unknown realms of the imagination where time meant nothing and you always came back safely.

what are these things?

changes. an inevitable part of life. we can't ever go back from change, no matter how much we try.

so as the leaves fall this autumn and days grow short think of change. think of how is shapes us, how it makes us who we are. how it hardens us, strengthens us. because for all its unyielding stubbornness, change does strengthen.

change, then, is like the rings of a tree trunk, through the years, it grows more and with each one there is change and with each ring you can see change and how it occurred; yet, the tree continues to grow, provide shade, food or shelter.

so let us embrace change, then, though scary it may be, and follow the path where it may lead. beyond may lie tht meadow.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Your talk frightens me. Like green ice cream frightens me.

Remember what George Harrison said:

It's funny how people just won't accept change
As if nature itself -- they'd prefer re-arrange.

-- "The Light That Has Lighted the World"

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