August 19, 2020

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Yesterday as I was on one of my morning walks…. Nature (trees in particular) spoke to me and gave me valuable lessons while taking photos from my phone.

I put them down on this list called

THE METAPHOR OF THE TREE

Have fun reading! smile

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METAPHOR OF THE TREE 1:

Your main purpose is only achieved when you grow. One of your core purposes is THE GROWTH.

Yes, you can bear fruit. Yes you can give shade.

Yes, you can clear the air.

But none of this is achieved unless you grow.

Your growth is important.

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METAPHOR OF THE TREE 2:

The height that your branches reach can only ever grow in proportion to how deep your roots grow.

Growth happens both directions, equally.

Not one. 

The work you do with yourself within will truly show outside.

Foundational work within, is detrimental to the success you get outside.

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METAPHOR OF THE TREE 3: ⁣

Even if you feel like you didn’t have control over where you were planted.

You still have the choice whether you “let yourself die” whether you will “survive” or more importantly whether you will “thrive”.

You make do with what you got. ⁣

Nature has a fascinating way of planting trees where they naturally will thrive. 

If we think about it, you are exactly where you’re meant to be and you have everything you need to thrive. 

 

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You yourself, are part of nature. Trust yourself, your skills and interests, and trust the universe.

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METAPHOR OF THE TREE 4:

There is a law of equal value exchange.  The more you give the more you receive. When a tree gives (oxygen) it serves others. And when it receives (CO2) it is served by others. And the healthier and the more exchange that happens, the more growth and sustainability there is for both parties involved.

It is okay to take. There is a healthy codependency in relationships, in businesses and in life.

Some may  “Idolise” people who “always gives and never takes” but this is not the natural law of the earth- and it will NOT be sustainable.

Play with the idea that it is okay to receive equal value exchange of your time, effort, energy, skills, etc. Feel worthy to receive, equally, time, attention, money, love, etc and you will see that there is growth in this, and not a short term affair.

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Imagine a tree that NEVER TAKES – doesn’t drink water, doesn’t absorb CO2, doesn’t receive from the sun. Give it a few weeks, and surely it dies – along with its ability to give you fruits, shades and fresh air.

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METAPHOR OF THE TREE 5:

People only see the growth on top of the ground.

When others look at someone successful, they often focus on the peak of the person’s success.

“Look at how tall and mighty this tree is”

They don’t see the digging that happens underneath…

the ‘dirty’ tiresome groundwork that is part of the process.

Don’t let this discourage you.

If you’re feeling like you’re putting all the hard work in and working smart, you will harvest, in your own time, what you sow. 

Do not compare.

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METAPHOR OF THE TREE 6:

Trees are unique. And so are you.

NO TREE IS EVER ALIKE. it’s barks and trunks are as unique as your fingerprints.

I have not seen a tree that is not “naturally beautiful” because we don’t have a list of standards on how a tree should look like. So why do we put that upon ourselves?

Why do we compare our looks and our qualities to other people?

When all we want is to thrive and have harmony. Trees in rainforests understand that they are in an ecosystem with other unique living organisms with different functionality, contributing to each other’s lives.

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METAPHOR OF THE TREE 7:

There are different seasons in a tree’s life.

A tree in winter looks extremely different than the same tree during spring.

Winter puts it to test. And brings about its strength.

Spring allows this strength to give way to its fruits

Autumn shows that even when it “looks” like the leaves are dying and falling, there’s still too much beauty to appreciate.

Summer is just summer.

Never judge a tree based on the season you got to witness it.

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METAPHOR OF THE TREE 8:

When you enter a relationship, think of you and your partner like two individual trees.

You continue to grow individually, but you may choose to grow together by intertwining your branches and roots closely together.

One tree doesn’t expect the other tree’s roots to give it water, or the other tree’s leaves to give it some sun.

It is important to keep your individuality and independence, in all forms of relationship, and establish a healthy interdependence between you and your partner.

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METAPHOR OF THE TREE 9:

Your tree sheds its bark as it grows.

It has many layers to it. And change is part of its natural course.

Like you, you will take on many different identities and roles in this lifetime.

You are not defined by these roles and identities.

You will constantly be growing and changing.

Be okay to shed your bark.

Be okay to let go…

for only then can you embody more growth. 

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Love you,

Sarah S.

*photos credit to the owners

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