As I was hosing them down, I started aiming the spray at the dead leaves to help them fall off, and encourage growth and renewal.
As nature always speaks to me, I had a little ah-ha moment.
The rains and winds of our life are not to be cursed.
Like a storm on a dying vine, they simply rid us of the parts of ourselves that are dead, unnecessary, broken, or browning.
Then, the parts of us that are alive and green can soak up more of the water to nourish and feed our souls, speeding our growth and renewal.
Nature does not curse the cycle of life playing out in the Arizona monsoons each summer. In fact, nature welcomes this renewal. Trees green more deeply into more poignant hues after a storm. Rainbows bow and arch over majestic landscapes in the slant of sun and storm. Thirsty flowers unfold and open in the light following a heavy rain, welcoming the energy of the light.
If you have been through a difficult time in your life, and felt the pummeling of rain, wind, sand and sleet on your shoulders, wondering how you would make it through your own perfect storm, remember this:
The greenest parts of your soul have just been watered, and I promise you, now, you are entering the Spring of your life. All you have to do, is choose to open up, and unfold.*