Sunday Serenity: Bend with the Wind

Autumn is upon us and change is in the wind.

Whenever I find myself feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of our times I bring my thoughts back to nature. I look at this nearby tree, for instance, and consider what it must have witnessed and the storms it must have weathered over 100 years (+/-) of its existence.

Nature can help us put things in perspective. If we’re paying attention it can teach us lessons of resilience and adaptability. How to flow with the seasons, weather the storms, and bend with the winds of change.

Nature knows how to take care of itself. We, as living beings, are an extension of nature that appears to have lost this knowing. We need to return to the natural world and tune in to its healing frequencies.

It costs nothing but time.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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A Happy Ending

 

crooked-tree

One of the things I love about our farm is the abundance of trees of various kinds and character. Among my favourites, this beautiful old maple I call “The Crooked Tree.” The shape of this tree alone seems against the odds, but let us continue …

On March 27, 2016 our area of central Ontario endured a 24-hour ice storm. Sadly, the big, old, crooked maple and its long-time partner across the lane (along with many others about the property) couldn’t take the stress of the one-inch ice accretion upon its limbs and broke down.

broken

It broke my heart to see such a beautiful tree meet such an unhappy end.

hope

It was so mangled that it seemed to cut it down was the obvious choice. And then we wondered about having a local sculptor come in to carve a rearing, defiant horse into it. You know, symbolic of rising above the situation.

In the end, and after much soul searching and upon finding sappy evidence that the tree, despite its terrible wound, was very much alive, we opted to give it another chance. We had an arborist make a diagonal cut across the tree from just above the shoot where the orange string is in the above image, hoping that perhaps this bit of assistance might help it to rise again.

resilience

And believe it or not, against all odds this crooked old tree has actually found a way to thrive.

It would have been so easy to right off this broken down and battered old maple. I’m glad we didn’t. Now I look at it as a testament to the resilience of both nature and the human spirit.

We are never so broken that we cannot rise again with the right support and love around us. We are how we choose to respond to the slings and arrows of life. We either endure in strength, or we allow ourselves to be defeated.

a-new-leaf

The scars become a testament to our character and provide an unexpected beauty all their own.

I love happy endings.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2017

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