Written by Joseph J. Mazzella
This year, autumn in the mountains has been truly spectacular! It has been as if an angel artist was assigned to paint each tree in the most glorious colors imaginable. Perhaps it is the wisdom of age that has helped my eyes to see more clearly, yet still, to me, the leaves have never looked as beautiful as they do this Fall.
One tree in my backyard has especially caught my attention. In every year prior, its leaves have always turned to a rich, vibrant orange in November. This year, though, the entire tree is bathed in the most outrageous red. It is both delightful and amazing to watch this tree suddenly change its colors.
Looking at that bright, red beacon in my backyard made me think of how we can go about changing our own colors. I remember when cold, dark hues colored my own heart, soul, and mind. I remember when fear, apathy, and selfishness tinted my life.
I remember when my only thoughts were of my own wants, needs, and desires. It was an unpleasant picture indeed.
One day, however, I am not sure exactly when, that picture started to change. It began with a single brushstroke, one kind act, and one loving thought at a time. This was followed by another, then another. Each action brought a new dab of color and brightness into my heart. Slowly, choice by choice, moment by moment, and day by day, I began to experience warm, shining, and loving days.
God, in His endless love, never ceases to give us fresh chances to change our colors and restructure our lives. Each day is full of new opportunities to paint our hearts, souls, and minds with the brightness of love. Life is full of moments to bring the colors of joy into this often drab world. With God’s help, we are the artists of our own lives. May we forever color our days beautiful.
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