I slipped quietly out the back door gate to take my daily five mile walk leaving my sleeping pup unaware of my disappearance, and as I zipped up my jacket I could feel the brisk nip of cool fall air as it surrounded me. I began to take notice of the brilliant colors of the leaves that hung on the limbs and branches and could almost feel their energy as they held on for the last moments of their colorful life. Soon those leaves will fall to the ground and be swept away by the October winds and brushed away by the street sweepers. They will leave behind the naked branches to prepare for the next renewal of spring where new buds would burst forth the next generation of color for all to see. While it seems like a scenario we all just take for granted, we should just stop and realize the magnitude of how much energy it takes to keep that cycle moving. To realize such a life cycle would give us a much more profound understanding of how much energy it takes to renew and to grow each day.
With each step I took I began to feel surrounded by an awareness that seemed to be following me and prodding me to dig a little deeper for the clarity of my visionary happening. As I turned the corner I could hear some people talking rather loudly and as I passed them I heard one of them enthusiastically exclaim "Wow, what a chance of a lifetime!" My pace continued quickly to move past them but for some reason I could not let go of the exclamation that still resonated in my head. It kept being repeated in my head and even got repeated backwards. Suddenly I realized that when it was repeated backwards it became the answer to the statement. In other words, if we really take the "chance of a lifetime then we take it and live it in a lifetime of chance" My moment of clarification had arrived!
Yes....my chance of a lifetime always became another chapter in my lifetime of chances. I really have taken chances in my lifetime and they have shown me the way to live my life. My choices have steered me to the realization that my life has always been much like the leaves on the trees. My seasons always came and left and there was always change pending. I know that soon I will be feeling new earth under my feet which would be leading me to the new roads I would very soon be walking. I will be naked like the branches and limbs of the trees until I soon experience the new horizons and surrounding scenery in a warm landscape.
Realizing that each and every day that arrives is my next chance of a lifetime and actually living that day to it fullest creates my lifetime of chance. Within the core of my being I will always be waiting for my next season to arrive signaling me to drop my leaves and watch my past be swept away. The renewal will then begin again and I will dig my roots in becoming grounded till the next seasonal appearance.
In every change I have encountered I have left behind past memories, friendships and unsolved energies that have yet to be solved, but all in all taking the chance to stand out of the present forest helped me to see what was needed to continue or to just leave behind what was no longer necessary. I am beginning to understand the true meaning of letting go and let come what may, and in doing so it had created the most amazing amount of freedom without boundaries. I can connect the dots and watch the game of life play out before me. Risk no longer holds past or future fears just an incredible amount of present that offers me one more day and another chance of a lifetime.
So.......get on with it.......take your chance of a lifetime........it's called LIFE!