A lesson from a tree

Before I moved here, one of my new neighbors scared me. She told me that she wouldn't live on my side of the building, because she was afraid that the tree outside my new home had potential to break and fall on my windows. The fear was not ungrounded, as a tornado whirled through here some years back and took down mature trees. 

I started to worry. It was an oddly shaped tree, and it did lean in my direction. I moved in anyway, and now I would be heartbroken if anything happened to "my" tree. 

I started to tell you about him in my last entry. As I have gotten to know him from my living room window, I see that he has many faces. I have lived with him for a month now, and I keep finding new ones. I have watched him go from being leafless, and presumed dead, to being dressed in light, new-spring-green, soon to be darkening into summer.  

There is something distinctly special about him, and that is his beauty. I wouldn't trade him in for any other tree. He made me think about what it takes to be lovable. 

Its not about being pretty enough, or thin enough, or "successful" enough, or anything else that ends with enough. It is about each of us being uniquely ourselves. It is about being authentic, and embracing our own essence.  

I have a feeling there will be more lessons from this tree. He is my favorite new neighbor.  

Do you have relationships with the trees around you?


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4 comments

  • Bryan Abes

    Bryan Abes Kennett square, Pennsylvania

    It's so funny, but we used to have this tall, and fairly fat tree in our backyard right beside our trampoline that we used to have. In the spring, beautiful purple flowers would bloom right in front of the tree. It looked kinda magical, and when I would jump on the trampoline I would feel like the tree was like company, like it was my guardian or something. My whole family kinda grew attached to it. I forget why, but we did wind up having it chopped down, and it was kind of sad. Anyway it's been gone for many years now.

    It's so funny, but we used to have this tall, and fairly fat tree in our backyard right beside our trampoline that we used to have. In the spring, beautiful purple flowers would bloom right in front of the tree. It looked kinda magical, and when I would jump on the trampoline I would feel like the tree was like company, like it was my guardian or something. My whole family kinda grew attached to it. I forget why, but we did wind up having it chopped down, and it was kind of sad. Anyway it's been gone for many years now.

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    I know the feeling of a tree guardian and friend. Thanks for sharing your story. I feel sad that it was chopped down. There must have been a good reason if the whole family was attached to it. Thanks for stopping by...

    I know the feeling of a tree guardian and friend. Thanks for sharing your story. I feel sad that it was chopped down. There must have been a good reason if the whole family was attached to it. Thanks for stopping by...

  • alisa

    alisa

    I love trees and tree spirits too!! So fitting that we come from 'Sylvania. :) Your drawing is awesome. Do you know what kind of tree he is? I look forward to seeing photos, and hopefully meeting him in person someday! May he stand guard outside your home for many years to come.

    I love trees and tree spirits too!! So fitting that we come from 'Sylvania. smile Your drawing is awesome. Do you know what kind of tree he is? I look forward to seeing photos, and hopefully meeting him in person someday! May he stand guard outside your home for many years to come.

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Come meet him Alisa! I am not sure what he is. His leaves look not quite maple. Trees are such special beings. I love my relationships with them. Thanks about the drawing. It's actually an older drawing, but it looks like him to me. Thanks for stopping by. I miss you...

    Come meet him Alisa! I am not sure what he is. His leaves look not quite maple.
    Trees are such special beings. I love my relationships with them. Thanks about the drawing. It's actually an older drawing, but it looks like him to me. Thanks for stopping by. I miss you...

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