“Is there any other way?”
The voice is a little anxious, searching, maybe expecting a compromise. But there is no other way.
“To be reborn means leaving behind all that was, to give up the old life, to forget.”
“Forget everything, even the good things?”
“Even the good things: renewal is a new start, the dead leaves are left behind, returned to dust.”
“But how do I know…”
“You cannot know, you won’t know before you really start, your new life.”
“Can I go back then?”
I have to smile. You see all sorts in this job!