When you look at a tree, what do you see?
When I look at a tree, what do I see? I see a structure of strength and resilience.
What stands before me is a creation of durability, something that weathers many seasons.
It is a formation that goes through storm after storm relying on its root system to keep it standing.
Dolly Parton has a quote that says, “storms make trees take deeper roots.”
I agree with her fully.
I liken trees, and storms, to our lives. And to my life specifically.
I have been through storm after storm. I feel like I am weathered. But, due to having strong roots, I have not fallen over like a Willow Tree. Although Willow Trees are beautiful, they have shallow root systems and therefore when a strong storm comes through, they tend to collapse due to the weight of the rain and the strength of the wind, it’s just too much for them to bear.
I am no Willow Tree. I am more like an Oak. Strong and sturdy. Long, solid, deep roots. Roots that are ugly at places. The roots that break up sidewalks. I do what I need to do in order to grasp the earth in a way that I need to in order to get the traction that I require to be who I need to be to withstand what life is throwing at me. All is fair in love and war.
On hard days I remind myself to be like a tree. To dig my heels in. To keep myself rooted. To hold on and to not let go. To be as grounded as I possibly can. But to stand tall, to sway in the wind. To let the rain nourish my skin.
Today it was strong on my heart to write about trees. To share Dolly’s quote and to share the quote about storms making trees take deeper roots. Peace, strength and blessings to you!~