"For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men." (1 Peter 2:15 NKJV)

It looks like Autumn is sneaking in a bit early this year in the forested mountains of my home. Tiny splashes of red, yellow, and orange are appearing on tree after tree here. It is so beautiful. It is almost like a thousand angels with paint brushes are flying over the forests on these early September nights spreading both color and joy.

Seeing all of the beauty and color of these wonderful Autumn leaves has made me decide to do something that I haven’t done in a few years. It will probably be a few more months before I can do it, but I am going to jump in a pile of Autumn leaves again. I am going to dance in them and hear them crunch under my feet. I am going to lay down in them and feel them brush up against my face. I am going to smell them and let them invigorate my being. I am going to play in them with both the heart of a child and the appreciation of an adult. I am going to enjoy these glorious gifts from God with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind.

It doesn’t matter if you are eight, forty, or eighty four, it is never too late to enjoy a beautiful Autumn. It is never too late to play in the leaves. It is never too late to laugh like a child. It is never too late to gaze with wonder and awe at this beautiful world that we have been blessed to live in. It is never too late to fully live your life.

May you live your own life as beautifully and wonderfully as a forest full of Autumn leaves then. May you share the color of your heart and light of your soul with everyone you meet. May you bless this whole world with your kindness, goodness, and oneness with God. May you live a life of such giving, sharing, and caring that even after you pass from this world what you did and who you were will continue to nourish the hearts and souls of those still here. May you live in love and joy today, tomorrow, and forever and may you always remember to jump in the leaves.

Joe Mazzella