We all have memories that include a tree. You may think of a childhood tree swing, climbing a tree, picking apples, or sitting under your favorite shade tree.
Have you ever thought of the life wisdom we can gain from trees?
Trees push their roots deep into the ground, curving and curling to create a foundation of strength. Many times intertwining with the trees next to them to form a force of commitment as if standing like a family with arms banned together for strength.
Bending with the wind, the tree demonstrates contentment and adaptability during sunshine and storms. With the breaking of branches they teach stamina and survival, and after every environmental pruning they return stronger and rejuvenated with life.
Trees hold a sense of community and serving others. Opening their space to birds, squirrels, bees and even children to build homes in their branches, the tree proudly holds firm and strong to bear the weight of sharing a place of safety with others.
At times when disease or parasites attack, the tree’s bark may buckle and boil to form a knot or malformation in the trunk. The tree doesn’t hide or disguise this disfigurement. Instead the visible scar is acknowledgment that it has suffered yet endured the wounds of time.
Trees adapt to the changing seasons, turning colors and shedding leaves for the winter to create space for the new birth of spring.
Bearing fruits and nuts it nurtures and feeds others and when a tree falls its final gift is of kindling to warm the chill of those in front of a fire or as the framework of a home.
From trees we learn:
* To band with our families and build our roots and foundations strong.
* To bend with adaptability to change.
* To hold community and helping others as our service.
* To acknowledge our scars and suffering as badges of life and learning.
* To share our gifts.
* To enjoy and accept the birthing, the shedding and the circle of life.
Yes, wisdom of life can be heard in the rustling branches of a tree. The next time you are under a shade tree or look up to see a bird happily singing as it perches on a branch, think of the lessons we learn from trees.
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Pennie's Life Lesson:
“When you are looking for the wisdom of life, look to a tree.”
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