Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Simple Tree

We have one lone very large tree in our back yard.  It's  a Norway Maple which towers well over our house.  This one tree has given so much.  It keeps the back of the house cool in the summer with much needed shade from the hot sun and in the fall when it drops it leaves gives us the best garden mulch.     This one tree alone can fill over 30 large leaf bags.    It is used by many birds, a couple of racoons, squirrels and chipmunks.    Last weekend most of the leaves fell from the tree all at once and now we're gathering up the leaves to use as mulch, for the garden and for layering in the compost bins during the winter. 

 There is much to be learned from the tree.....

 Advice from a Tree

By Ilan Shamir
Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!

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