Every day new leaves fall down my backyard. Never fails. Every day the wind blows them into the pool. Never fails. Every spring the cherry trees on Emerald Road bloom, dark pink, light pink, white. Every day the cat tries to escape through the front door and every day the dog barks, offended. Every day I set the table and clear the table, set the table and clear the table. Every day the sun rises and every day it sets. Never fails.

Every day I am happy, and I am sad and then happy again. Every day I go up and down the stairs and every day I get myself out and back in bed once more. Every day I question the choices I have made and every day I am certain that I never had a choice. Every day I doubt the existence of God and every day I know that God is good. Because every day the leaves fall, the wind blows, the cat escapes, the sun sets, I am happy.

The universe conspires on life’s favor, on flux, on rotation. And even when day after day everything seems the same, when I look back everything is different.

Our children were babies every day and suddenly they learned to walk, became toddlers. Our parents were young every day and suddenly unlearned to walk. Our grandparents were life every day and suddenly forgot to breathe.

Beware of the time, for it goes by even when we’re still. Thankfully, because many are the times we need to stop and rest. Many are the times we need to sit still and regroup to get brave enough to do it all over again. But time must continue to pass, so that the wind can come, sweep away the leaves of the past and the cherry trees can blossom again. And it never fails.

Isn’t it wonderful? How life never ceases to happen even if we lose the courage to live it.

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2 years ago

I read this quite often, and it never fails to bring comfort and inspiration. Somehow it is the ordinary events of a supposedly uneventful life that are the miracles, and that require the most courage. You’ve stated a great truth. Thank you.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
2 years ago

I find this very inspirational. Life is hard; we pick ourselves up and keep going. For some this does take great courage. We all look forward to those cherry trees.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
2 years ago

Fuji sums it up lovely. And yes, at times it can seem like the same tune is being played over and over again. But never forget that as a Person – You are unique, no matter how it may seem, there will never be another ”Gabriela Peloso”.
Thank You for reminding us that Time never stands still.

Last edited 2 years ago by Eric Radcliffe
Lyric The Great
Lyric The Great(@lyric-the-great)
2 years ago

The message in your story is beautiful. It is inspirational, and it is a statement that can not be opposed. There is truth in every sentence. I do wonder a little bit how this can be fiction when it is so truthful… it is a wonderful mixture of truth and fiction, blended beautifully to create a masterpiece.

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
2 years ago

A great story, Gabriela! And, the perfect ending that ties it all together and leaves the reader feeling satisfied.

musing mind
musing mind(@musing-mind)
2 years ago

The events in your stories are such that every one can relate to. Some sad and some happy. The irony is we can’t reverse the sad events. When my mother had a hard time walking after she aged a lot, I used to feel the same way as you have written. How little-by-little she unlearn’t walking. Lovey observation.

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
2 years ago

Your story drew me in right from the first line. It makes me think of a current project – my sister and I pull out a newspaper headline each day of September and share an art gallery work that relates to it. Each day our lives feel the same (in this current half lockdown) yet we are only at day 11, and the amount of news that has flown past us already… Read more »

Reply to  Susan Dawson
2 years ago

I already commented on the story, which I love, but now I want to comment on Susan Dawson’s recent comment. What a wonderful project, Susan. Somehow matching newspaper headlines to historic paintings not only gives us a sense of the cyclic nature of the universe, but also reminds us of how even the worst of times can create/reflect beauty. Your project is a perfect representation of Gabriela’s story. Hats off to all… Read more »

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
2 years ago

Such a great inspirational story to be kept. Thank you for inspiring and reminding us that life is a constant change. Thanks for sharing this story with us. Congrats.

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