Advice From A Tree

Dear Friend,

Stand tall and proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of your own true nature
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with Joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go like leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter

Feel the wind and the sun and delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you and the mystery of the stars at night
Seek Nourishment from the Good Things in life
Simple pleasures Earth, Fresh Air, Light

Be Content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of Water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your Roots!

Enjoy the view!

by Ilan Shamir

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14 thoughts on “Advice From A Tree”

  1. Kathleen, please email me your blog again. I'm having a terrible time getting there! Thanks, and thanks for the comments you've been leaving! Bellezza

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  2. Perfect! I've been running here and there, busy with travels (to the Kansas City area last weekend) and house guests (my folks) this week. Off to San Diego over Memorial Day weekend. I'm feeling a bit frazzled, to say the least. This poem is just what I needed to read. Thanks, Bellezza!

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  3. I love how it reminds us to breathe deeply, so to speak, and take joy in who we are. My favorite stanza is the last, before "Enjoy the view"…to be content with one's natural beauty is something I'm working on right now. Okay, to be content period is a lesson I'm still learning. (It's so easy for me to want more: be more, do more, achieve more. Deep down? I really don't want that. I want peace.)

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  4. It's been a tough week around our house, and I really appreciated this offering — it started my day with such a sense of calm. I enjoy your book recommendations, many thanks for your contributions.

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  5. Hi, Connolly, I stopped by your fascinating blog but was unable to leave a comment from this computer (at work…where I'm supposed to be grading; can you relate? 🙂 . So, I'll stop by tonight. Needless to say, I'm glad this post calmed you, as it does me, and I really enjoyed reading the fresh perspectives in your blog.

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  6. Wonderful advice from one of my favorite of all God's creations. Trees featured prominently in all that I saw last week on our vacation. I am forever in awe of how beautiful they are and how much they feature in my imagination and in my memories of both childhood and adulthood.

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