“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
Title: The Painted Drum
Author: Louise Erdrich (b. 1954)
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Perhaps like Erdrich helps us see, we can turn to nature for some solace. Just as in nature we see the apple tree lose its apples and foliage in the fall, we also see the blossoms return in the spring. Similarly, although some apples fall to the ground and turn to rot, some of their seeds manage to sprout and grow. Life is full of losses and gains.
Renegade Challenge: Eat an apple and think about what it means to risk your heart.