Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Learning from Nature

 Advice from a Tree

Stand Tall and Proud.
Sink your roots into the earth.
Be content with your natural beauty.
Go out on a limb.
Drink plenty of water.
Remember your roots.
Enjoy the view.
Look towards the heavens.

                                                                                             from All About Cowboys

An unseasonable October snowstorm left much of my region without electricity for many days.  As I walked outside the morning after, a particular snow-covered tree caught my attention.  There were many broken limbs, but this tree stood tall and proud.  I thought, we are much like this tree.   In our daily lives, much befall us before we feel ready to handle it all. We yield to the heaviness of our circumstances and often lose parts of ourselves. 

Despite our humanness, many of us are able to withstand these heavy burdens that threaten to break us.  We humbly lean and bow, but manage to remain standing.   With the help of others and a resilience that extends beyond us, we are able to heal our brokenness and grow beyond what we ever imagined.

In the aftermath of this storm, my daily routine became interrupted.  I quickly realized that this was only a temporary inconvenience for me.  But for many, this is their day to day...having to seek a safe, warm shelter and depending on others for meals to nourish their bodies.   I was left with a sense of gratitude for the small conveniences and many blessings in my life.

As we enter the holiday season, my hope is that we express our gratitude by looking for ways to serve others whose basic needs are far greater.  They may give to us far more than we could ever give to them. 

Love to everyone,

Kathleen O'Malley, DC


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