The Leaves Don’t Hesitate

“The important thing is to strive towards a goal which is not immediately visible.  That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit.”

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942, translated from French by Lewis Galantière

As I was changing the reader board at my daughter’s school yesterday, a woman walked by, bundled up against the cold.

“Do you have to work today?” she asked.

I told her no, I was a volunteer. A stiff breeze hit her in the face as she considered this.

Glancing at the empty parking lot she puzzled, “So there’s no one else here?”

I repeated that yes, it was just me. She paused again. Another cold breeze blew.

“Good for you. But you should get paid,” she said as she walked walking away, the leaves swirling around her feet.

Yes, it was just a passing moment. Yes, it was cold. Yes, it was raining. Yes, I was the only one there. No, I didn’t need to be paid.

It was just the right time to put up a new message. School would soon resume. The upcoming events are well-known. It was time to change, just like the leaves.

In autumn, the leaves change colors and make the leap. They don’t wait for the homeowner to stand below, rake in hand. They don’t wait for the wind. They don’t wait for compensation. They don’t wait for instructions. The leaves just flutter away when it’s time.

Sometimes in life, we don’t know when it’s time to make a change. We may not know what path we’re heading down. We may feel like we’re waiting for instructions which never seem to come. It may not feel like the right time.

But it is. And the important thing to do is to start. Something. Anything. Don’t wait for the wind to push you. Don’t wait for the man with the rake to tell you it’s time. Make the leap.

One effective way to do that is by by volunteering somewhere new, with others. It’s a safe way to stretch and do something good.

Go help someone different. Try something that gives back to someone you know, or don’t know. Don’t hesitate. Do. Make the world better right now, in some way even if it isn’t the right time, the right day, or the right way.

The leaves don’t hesitate to make a change. Why do we?

Yesterday’s gift of time … Changed the reader board at my daughter’s school again. It was time. 

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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7 Responses to The Leaves Don’t Hesitate

  1. G’morning Eric…this is wonderful…may I quote you in a “page” and add it to my blog?

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  3. judithhb says:

    Just came over from Pocket Perspectives and I am glad I did. I recently had the same experience when volunteering at the local hospice. A visitor asked whether I was paid and then proceeded to tell me I should be. No i don’t want to be paid. I hope that if I need help somebody will give it without expecting to be paid. Good post. I shall be back.

    • Eric Winger says:

      Thank you, much. … And I’m doubly pleased to hear about your hospice experience. It’s a magical thing to help someone without expectations of a reward. Kudos to you!!


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