This picture was taken last week when we were living in the deep-freeze here in Norcross. This is Lucy’s water bowl that had been sitting outside overnight. You can’t really tell from the photo, but it was frozen about 1-1/2 to 2″ deep. What struck me was the leaves that were suspended in the ice.
There are some trees in our back yard and there had apparently been some leaves that were holding tightly to their branches, perhaps fearful of falling, perhaps hoping to renew their vitality by staying attached as long as possible. Sometime during the night, they lost their ability to hold on any longer and they fell into Lucy’s water bowl.
It made me think about the things we hold on to, and about whether we hold on to things too long. I know that I’ve held on to some things too long in the past. And when we hold on to things too long, it can become very harmful. We tend to freeze up when we refuse to let go of things that we should release…and we can fall…hard.
Maybe you’re holding on to something too tightly. Change is inevitable. After summer the fall must come, followed by winter…but it’s good to remember that spring does come again and then the summer.
Of course, the trick is knowing what we should release…and when…and what we should hold ever more tightly. If only I knew…
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1957, Elvis Presley passed his pre-induction test for the Army in Memphis, TN.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: until he reaches the age of 21, a male Indian elephant doesn’t seem to have any interest in romancing female elephants. If only humans were that smart and wise!!!!