The early morning Sun shines through the brilliant colors of the changing leaves, and reminds me of magnificent stained glass windows in cathedrals. The beauty of the world beyond my culture is limitless, but fragile. As my culture changes, cathedrals are torn down and the ancient stained glass windows shatter on the ground, or get tucked away in cellars. The beauty that lives wild and free just outside my window can also come crashing down if I take it for granted.

Today, I will be paying attention to the beauty that lives all around me, and remembering that I play a role in making sure my grandchildren have the chance to see it, too.