While doing some spring cleaning at my in-laws, I saw this tree in the yard that looked dead. It was a tree I would normally just cut down and drag away, like so many I’ve done in the past.
Yet, at a closer glance, I saw there was a branch at the top of the tree that had sprouted and had thriving green leaves on the top. The tree was not dead, yet the whole bottom trunk looked hollow. How could that be?
Somewhere buried in the trunk there must be some lines and veins, bringing the water to the living branches. It was a great display of nature finding a way to survive. It was actually beautiful to see.
It got me thinking about my own life and feeling hollow. How can we continue on when we feel hollow, especially when something bad happens? When we lose a loved one, when we have a traumatic incident, etc.
Like the tree in this picture, you’ll find a way:
1. Keep showing up.
2. Cut back on some other activities that take away from bringing you life and joy.
3. Slow down, meditate, and focus.
4. Believe. This word believe, has gotten a lot of attention and revitalization from the great show Ted Lasso. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it. He has a big focus on believing. BELIEVE that you can do it. If you don’t, who will?
5. Spring will come. Through the winter this tree definitely looked dead, but Spring came and the leaves sprouted. Life continues on.
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