Have you planted your tree yet? You know the saying the best time to plant a tree to enjoy its shade was 20 years ago and the next best time is today. Have you planted your tree yet?
If you planted your tree long ago, is your tree strong? Have you given it time to anchor its roots deep within the ground so that it will remain tall when tested by the wind storms bring? Even a gentle wind can topple a tree with very shallow roots. The passing of time will allow those roots to grow strong and burrow deeper into the earth, grounding it. All this occurring long before it dared to grow taller.
Your tree has been a lesson in patience, starting out with just a small seed taken by the wind. Conditions played a part, being offered nurturing soil in which to grow. But we all know strong trees have also grown from circumstances that were less than perfect. For some trees, it took much determination for that small seed to grow strong, without the support that more fertile soil would have provided.
And as the tree grew, so grew the realization that if it had never experience the rain the storms bring but instead each day, only encountering beautiful sunlight, it would have never gotten beyond a seedling. Stunted, unable to reach the full potential that lay within it’s deceivingly tiny appearance. It understood that both, the sunlight and the rain were necessary for its strength and it’s beauty.
It has taken years of growing, inch by inch, some years the growth would be hardly noticeable. But during those years that the exterior changes were barely visible, the rings and layers of wisdom steadily increased on the inside. Each ring – a prize given to those which could stand strong in the face of adversity on the exterior while keeping the inner wisdom, the rings protected from the harshness of the world.
And each spring as the snow evaporated and the melted ice dripped from each branch, a feeling of rebirth – knowing that tiny buds of hope were forming, observing with wonder at the leaves as they reach out towards the sun, one more time. Each of those newly formed branches would increase the width and height of the tree, yet the branches and limbs remained delicate and fragile each one adding vulnerability, bringing awareness that at any moment its entirety could be changed forever with the loss of a part of itself.
And when the time came to bear fruit, the trees strength would serve it well, for you could now look at the foundation that was created with gratitude, knowing that it would be a huge responsibility to care for and nurture the fruit that it had produced. And when the fruit was ripe and ready for consumption an understanding that it has filled a part of its purpose by sharing it’s abundance with the world.
The tree had seen many summers and many winters. It had seen many storms and many beautiful days. It had seen many other trees destroyed by not having the foundation necessary to stand straight against the wind. But your tree had roots deep and strong allowing resilience And with all the rings of wisdom in place, it’s exterior now withering with age and the scars of many winters.
What will be remembered will be the shade and shelter it provided for the smaller trees growing near. Protection from the harshness of the sun and wind allowing them to slowly and patiently build their foundation strong. So that one day when your tree is no longer able, all the trees it had nurtured and protected can then be tested and stand strong themselves, bearing fruit and building their rings of wisdom.
In the end, all is as it should be. And so the cycle begins again. But none of this can happen if you haven’t planted your tree.
So I ask. Have you planted your tree yet? If you haven’t, today would be a wonderful day to begin.
Love to all… Kim