Earlier this week I explored a local park with camera in hand. A long-time friend had recently passed away following a bout with cancer. This particular dogwood tree quietly spoke to me resulting with my time in the park becoming a personal time of reflection on life…and death.
“Nothing on this earth is standing still. It’s either growing or it’s dying. No matter if it’s a tree or a human being.” ~attributed to Lou Holtz
“We will all, someday, experience death, and become obsolete as a dead leaf falling from a tree, crushed by passersby to ashes underlying the earth.” ~ attributed to Kim Elizabeth
“Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone. Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.” ~ attributed to William Alexander
“Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.” ~ attributed to Einstein
“Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blending and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.” ~ attributed to John Muir
Contributed by Sue Henry
Dedicated to my friend and her family.