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Wednesday Words of Wisdom

10 Jun

We end up stumbling our way through the forest, never seeing all the unexpected and wonderful possibilities and potentials because we’re looking for the idea of a tree, instead of appreciating the actual trees in front of us.Charles de Lint, Tapping the Dream Tree

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My words of wisdom for today…

“If you do end up stumbling through the forest, and you fall flat on your face, roll over and enjoy the view.”

Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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When I was growing up on the southside of Chicago, we had a big old tree in our tiny backyard. It had huge dark green leaves that dropped beautiful white flowers that looked like buttercups. I’m not sure what its name is, even though my sister keeps reminding me. 

 I remember picking up the flowers and threading them on a string to make a necklace, wearing it proudly for the day. Of course, the necklace would be wilted and brown the following morning, but all the more reason to make another one on a lazy summer afternoon. 

Yesterday, when I was walking over to my sister’s house in Elgin, the same old huge trees lined the neighborhood. I felt very nostalgic, taking pictures and fondly touching the flowers. I haven’t seen any of these trees back in Texas. I just gazed up at the sun peeking through the leaves and thought, I’m going to have to pick some flowers and make a neclace one day. 

   
   

Appreciating the actual tree in front of me. 

   
 

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

25 Jun

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”
― William Blake
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Trees are an inspiration, with roots firmly planted well beneath the earth. They can withstand the savage cold of winter and the sweltering heat of summer. Trees stand strong, tall, and resolute against the harshest winds. They age gracefully, offering shade, refuge and beauty with limbs open wide.
-Me
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I am inspired by strong old trees, my metaphor for life, for aging gracefully, and lovingly. My roots are strong and firmly planted. I will enjoy and share the beauty of life, and I will stand tall and resolute against the harshest conditions. These are my personal reflections and words of wisdom for today. Amen. ( Sounded like a sermon, didn’t it? I may have to go on the road.)

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