On a walk today I saw the exact tree pictured above.
My immediate thought was that we're all like trees in early Fall. We have beautiful colors we're wanting to share, but we largely keep them hidden out of fear, worry, or as a way to more easily blend in with our surroundings and society.
As the beautiful reds, yellows, and oranges begin to burst onto the ends of tree branches, I was reminded me of this quote from Abraham Maslow:
"People with intelligence must use their intelligence, people with eyes must use their eyes, people with the capacity to love have the impulse to love and the need to love in order to feel healthy. Capacities clamor to be used, and cease their clamor only when they are used sufficiently.”
Our capacities, our colors, are clamoring to be used. Like a tree sinking deeper into Fall, let your light (and your colors) shine.