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Trees Are Sanctuaries
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You, like me, like the trees, are growing. You are not what you were ten years ago. You are not what you were last week. You are not even what you were yesterday. You have grown. The things which have happened in your life do not reflect who you are today: they reflect your journey. There is no time limit on how these events impact us except for those which we allow.
As a tree grows it will lose branches, but also create new ones. Someone may come and prune that tree. Someone may even drive a copper nail into the tree to kill it. The tree will bear the scars of the storms it has weathered. Even if these scars heal, the tree will likely show these scars.
Throughout its life the tree may create new trees. The tree may even give shade and allow a smaller plant which can not handle the sunlight to grow in that shade. The tree’s shade may choke-out a smaller plant. The tree may grow without opposition. The tree may have to struggle to see the sunlight against other trees and obstacles which are in its path. At the end of the day, the tree grows, changes, and may very well dry up and die one day. This does not mean that the tree did not matter; not even in death because the tree grew and remains.
When the tree dies it may be used for another purpose. The tree may stand a long time as an epitaph to itself. Someone may come and harvest the tree to heat their home and family. Regardless, the tree will change with time especially if it wants to survive.
"Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can know the truth. They do not preach knowledge and precepts, they preach, undeterred by details, the ancient law of life." - Hermann Hesse
Learn To Read More Than Books…
You are not what you were back them. You are not the things that happened to you. These things may have shaped you, but they must not stop you from becoming that what you must become. They will not stop you from having an impact even in places where you did not expect to leave an impression. You can not let those things that happened to you while you were growing hold you back, nor can you allow them to prevent you from continuing to grow today.
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