Be like a tree

Be like a tree

Once a month, we travel up to Virginia to visit our boys and their families. One trip, I was looking out the window at the trees. The more I looked at them, the more I truly saw them. Did you know all kinds of trees co-exist together?!

Okay, I am not a botany expert, so I can’t go into the proper name of each tree. For my purpose we’ll go with evergreen, leaf tree, and ivy. Here’s a little of what I observed…

Evergreens and leaf trees, of various types, grew right next to each other, and I mean RIGHT next to each other.
Sometimes they were so close the trunks would be touching and the branches would be intertwined. I saw many trees, just intermingling with each other. I did see one particularly pushy leaf tree. It had pushed itself right up the middle of an evergreen tree. But the evergreen didn’t seem to mind, it continued on its growth path with the pushy leaf tree sticking out like a sore thumb. Then there was this one evergreen that was nearly gone because an ivy had so boldly overtaken it, but I still could see one branch of the evergreen peeking out, standing strong letting the world know it may be almost completely overwhelmed by the ivy, but it was still in there, alive and well.

As I watched the trees go by, I got thinking about how easy it was for the trees to co-exist. I didn’t see one dead tree; no tree had choked another one out. Then I wondered why people can’t be like the trees. Okay, yes, the obvious answer is that trees don’t talk or think. Can’t you see the similarities, though?

I know, trees and humans are not the same. Humans have a brain. Perhaps it’s time we use it. We can learn to accept each other’s differences and live to together in harmony. I love this song by Mandisa!

Today, be like a tree. #StandUnited #ChooseJoy