Thursday, November 6, 2014

If there was no change, there would be no Fall.

I received a beautiful card in the mail a few weeks ago from Sr. Joan Duerst with the quote:
“If there was no change, there would be no butterflies.”

This simple yet profound quote passes through my mind every time I walked by the beautiful Ginkgo Biloba tree that stood outside of Dominican High school on my way to the Campus Ministry room. I greeted this tree every morning with a smile, because I was excited to see its stages of transition when the Fall season began. Sure enough, the Ginkgo Bilboa tree transformed into a radiant and golden work of art. One day, I decided to take a picture of the beautiful tree and I am very happy that I did because at the end of that day, all of its beautiful leaves blew away. The tree is now bare, but I am so grateful that I was able to journey with this tree, even if it was for a short while. The tree reminds me of myself in so many ways, because as I continue to transition, grow, and transform during my candidate year, I know that I have and always will be greeted with love and support from this community. So, even the quote for me has transitioned: 
“If there was no change, there would be no Fall.”

Megan Graves, Candidate
Whitefish Bay, WI


  1. Thanks for sharing, Megan! I too have been reflecting a lot on the transitions inherent in fall… the dying so that new life can begin. Sending prayers your way!

  2. thank you Megan. Wow, the importance of one day, the day you took the picture. Reminds me of Joyce Kilmer poem...I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree...thank you for your meditation. Pat Leahy


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