Visiting my mother at work, I strolled by the fantastic magnolia tree tucked in a nook by the school of music. Every spring, it's one of the first of the plants to awake and be riotously covered with large, colorful blossoms. Now in the chilly grey of autumn, the flowers are long gone and the last of the leaves has fallen. What amazed me most were the plump buds already sprouting from the tip of every twig. It's not even winter and yet this tree is already planning for the thaw.
I gleaned an important lesson from nature: be optimistic--it's never too early to be prepared for warmer, brighter seasons to arrive.