I have a special place in my heart for trees. I loved climbing them as a child and I loved playing in the tree fort my dad built for us kids.
Trees can be tall and stately like oaks or pines, they can be graceful like a beech and maple trees, and in the fall many delight us with their beautiful display of multi-colored leaves.
When we hit a rough patch, we can take a lesson from the trees. For the most part, they stay firmly rooted during storms–they have unshakable foundations–yet they are flexible, bending and swaying in the turbulent weather. Even when they suffer damage–limbs are ripped off in high winds or a lightning strike seared them in half. they grow new limbs, new trunks, and form new leaves and seeds.
In what soil are your roots planted?
To be strong and firm, they need to be in excellent soil, and that soil is you. To have your roots outside of yourself makes them too vulnerable to forces that you can’t do anything about.
Are your branches flexible?
To develop and maintain the ability to handle change well, devise a program of self-study where you are pursing topics that interest you and delving into subjects that capture your imagination.
Do you sprout new shoots when setbacks occur?
We all have obstacles and disappointments. Instead of wallowing and getting stuck, can you find a new perspective or has new information come to light that you can build upon?
Are you adding beauty and grace to the world?
Offer shade or rest to others through kind words and a helping hand; share information and your skills with others and help them as they live their lives. Remember, too, to have fun! Play Frisbee with your friends, toss a ball back and forth with your kids, go to the playground and swing on the swings!
What lessons and gifts have you received from the trees you’ve known? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,