Thursday, September 20, 2012

Find a Way

Here is a tree. With an atypical trunk. When it was a baby tree, it split off into branches at it's base rather than growing skyward, tall and lean with a single trunk. But it found a way--a different way to reach the sky. And today, it stands, stately and proud, as tall as any other tree in the wood.

Trees have stories, I think, deep inside themselves. And if we listen, we'll hear those stories. This tree tells me that I, too, can find a way. Every day. Find a way to write even though I teach and mom and freelance edit and do laundry and . . . (ugh) . . . cook.

And I can find a way to hope. Every day. Hope that one day my writing will reach the sky.

What do you need to find a way to do?

20 comments:

  1. That's so awesome what you learned from this tree. I'm hoping I can find a way too. I think if we want to, we can.

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  2. Love this! It's so true, too. Each of us has a path to follow. Sometimes that path to achieving our goals needs a push and our openness to take twists and turns in unforeseen directions.

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  3. No two trees are the same, just as no two of us will take the same path or do things the same way. As long as we are doing our best to grow strong and reach the sky we should allow ourselves, and others, to follow our path.

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  4. Trees are always inspiring. I've long wondered why the older and more gnarled a tree is the more we love and appreciate it, yet many of us do not seem to have the same appreciation for elderly humans.

    New follower here. Got directed your way through C. Lee McKenzie.

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    1. Sadly, what you say about elderly people is so true. Non-American cultures often view their elderly so differently, and I wish we would see the wisdom, grace, and stories our elderly have.

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  5. Beautiful post! I too find that my life takes off in fifty thousand directions and it's hard to find balance let alone hope that the tree will grow. I just need to find a way to make room for the things I enjoy while still doing the things I need to do.

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  6. That looks like a great climbing tree.
    I love you and your tree posts. :)

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  7. "What do you need to find a way to do?"

    *sigh* So many things.

    Thanks for the insightful post, Barbara. :)

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  8. I love that tree! I keep trying to find my way to writing success, too. We need to say, "I think I can, I think I can," and keep chugging along. We will reach our destination.

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  9. Like my Writing Tree (which I posted about a few weeks ago), this tree is one my dog and I pass by each day on our walk too. So much motivation to be found around us.

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  10. I love how many "options" the tree pursued early in life! :) Looks like they worked out, too.

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  11. Life is a battle of sorts, isn't it? What an inspiration you've shared with us in this tree!

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  12. YAHOO=You Always Have Other Options! Lovely tree. Lovely post.

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  13. "...a different way to reach the sky." I love that! We each have our own way of reaching the sky (or crossing the creek, in Jerry Spinelli's terms). I keep trying to find the one that works.

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  14. I love this idea. And I hear you about the cooking. Definitely ugh!

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  15. That is such a gorgeous tree! The fact that it's trunk is so different from "normal" ones makes it all that much more appealing, IMO. Love the message you learned from it. I think we're all trying to find a way like that, be it for writing or anything else!

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  16. I love the way you celebrate this tree and its "irregularities." I wish we humans could be as kind to other humans who grow in unorthodox ways.

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  17. What a beautifully written post! I love to find trees full of unique features. I am right there with you with not wanting to cook! I need to just hope for more patience and to enjoy each minute and not get ahead of myself. :)
    ~Jess

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  18. you see, a true writer would notice all that about a tree :)

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