While walking through the woods today I came upon a tree. This wasn’t just any tree though. It had quite a sexy curve as if it was dancing. It started to come up out of the ground even with a curve. It grew to the right. You can tell it was reaching. Stretching for the light. Once it found it’s spot it curved upright to start growing straight towards the light. And for quite a ways.
I was asked a question once in a business course, “What kept you going through your darkest times?” To be honest, I’m still not sure. There has always been something inside of me. Some might call it hope. Some might call it will. Whatever you call it, it kept me going and I got through it. Sometimes though I had to dig for it. And deep too.
This beautiful amazing sexy tree reminds me of this. It kept reaching. Growing. Despite not being in an optimal position. I wondered what made this tree keep growing? Was it the same thing that kept me going? It didn’t have to. It could have just withered and died from the lack of light. Instead, it is about 1.5 ft round and 50 ft tall with a curve.
Just as this tree, I didn’t have to keep going. I could have kept drinking copious amounts of alcohol, dancing my weekends away along with other coping mechanisms, ie) chocolate, potato chips, and honey, I acquired to avoid the pain of what was in my heart. Instead though, I made a choice. Not necessarily consciously. I never remember sitting down and saying to myself “I’m going to heal. I’m going to get rid of this pain.” But I did pick up the mantra somewhere that I’m half German/half Slovak. I’ll make it through anything.
Regardless of what it was for either of us, I’m sure glad for both of us. Seeing that tree today shining in the light of the sun was a great reminder of the times. Things are not easy these days. The universe seems to be squeezing us from every angle whether we like it or not. And it never seems to let up either. But knowing that this tree made it to the light, so shall we!