June 29, 2022
It’s a paraphrase of a saying my dad sometimes shared with me as an adult, especially in moments when I felt emotionally deflated and spiritually discouraged. Like the time I mentally prepared for a job I didn’t receive. Or when I struggled to identify a friendship circle following a cross country move. In the years following my mom’s death and prior to his own. Recently, it’s felt like a soothing balm to my soul as my immediate family has faced an array of challenges.
Just the other day, I found myself on an evening walk – on an unexpectedly windy day, given the 100℉ temperature outside – observing the trees gently swaying back and forth. I was struck by the fact that just one month ago, those same trees had endured much heavier winds and unseasonable storms.
Yet here they were – dancing in sync with the shifting winds, seemingly oblivious to any other environmental rhythm or activity.
I considered my current stress points and visualized what it would feel like if I more fully surrendered to life’s winds. Have you ever thought about this, my friend?
First, let me share that my line of thinking was most certainly divinely inspired, given my longstanding tendency towards and preference for control. I’m definitely not one who surrenders easily. (Cue the intro music for an Enneagram 8, LOL). Second, I’ve discovered that the practice of meditation and visualization in my quiet moments helps center my thoughts when my body is in motion.
My experience on the walk led me to do some research focused on trees when I returned home. One question rang loudly in my mind. How do trees stay upright, particularly in the midst of a storm or strong winds? A basic exploration at best, what I discovered felt profound.
Two hours into my study of trees, I found the information completely translatable to my own situation.
Friend, while you can’t control so many of life’s events, you can take steps to care for yourself.
I encourage you to stand on this truth.
Anchor yourself in what you know to be true — that you’re far more capable than you may believe.
All my love,
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