Last week I was visiting Ginter Gardens during a rainstorm. The wind was blowing hard and the raindrops were drumming a light tattoo on me and the flowers. This particular blossom seemed to be posing as "bashful" or perhaps waving goodbye since shades of brown hinted that better days had passed. I am reminded that diminishing life and fading beauty are actually stepping stones to the next place, the next bloom, the next year. Wabi-Sabi...life's changes are required.