The only one

I spied this gorgeously coloured leaf while walking up the green path in the late afternoon.

Lying on a damp mat of mushed leaves, this one shone like a gilded emerald and took my breath away.

It was the only one, and I wanted you to see it too.

Because you are as distinctive as that leaf, and there is only one of you.

Yet here’s the thing. The only way we can live in the fullness of who we are is to be comfortable with our uniqueness while recognising that we do not exist in isolation.

Like the leaf that emerged from the silver birch, growing in soil enriched by the humus of past leaf falls.

Our true fruitfulness emerges in our onlyness and our connectedness.