LEARNING TO LIVE LIFE LIKE A WILLOW TREE

 

A WILLOW AND HER SAPLINGS.
A WILLOW AND HER SAPLINGS.

Dear Elsie,

You asked how I am doing.  I thought and thought about how to answer your question.  The image of a willow tree came to mind.

My life has been like a willow tree that has many branches.   These branches are very beautiful but a few have been damaged over the years.  Also on my leeward side of the ground that I am planted in,  have sprung two beautiful saplings (Lucas and Maya).    I have spent my life reaching deep into the ground to give my branches nourishment.  I have bent into the wind so that my branches will be able to stay attached and thrive.  I stay if front of my saplings to protect them from the wind and share the nutrients that are stored in the ground that we share.  I have looked at the mighty oak with wonder and envy because it never bends into the wind but stands upright and defies it.  I have lived my life protecting and nourishing my branches.

One day I noticed after many, many years two new branches.  These branches came to be recognized as faith and creativity.  I told the branches that I didn’t have time for them.  The demands of the other branches and the saplings took all my energy.

But these new branches have been very gently persistent.  They sing a beautiful song into the wind when they rustle.  And, so, I have decided that maybe I do have time to nurture them.

And so Elsie, I have started to write again and look for God’s fingerprints each day in my life.

Wishing you, my readers, time to nurture your heart.

Bernadette

About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

THANK YOU FOR READING. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS.

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