Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Tree

No bomb ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.

George Orwell
Hello Diane
Out in front of the house here there was a tree. It was s small tree which never seemed to get bigger. Every spring it put forth leaves. They were scraggly looking leaves but they felt very firm and healthy. It also dropped a bundle of seeds which turned into a large clump of foliage at the bottom. This past Spring the tree sent forth no leaves at all, so at some point during the Spring the woman on the first floor, who takes care of the flowers in the front, decided the tree was dead and cut it down. Now that clump of foliage is very lush.

But instead of growing out into a full fledged bush as she expected, it's growing up. She expressed her curiosity about that and I just said that it's a tree. It's growing into a tree. A tree is what it was, and that's what it is. No matter how many times you cut it down it will grow back into a tree, because a tree is what it is, and that's that.

A wise person once said that success is getting up one more time than you fall. If failure is not an option then it doesn't matter how many times you fail.

All the oppressive legislation of congresses, all the erroneous decisions of governments and courts, the plundering by banks and corporations, all the damaging influence of inept teachers and parents, all the vicious acts of terrorists and suicide bombers don't mean a thing and accomplish nothing. A lot of property may be destroyed and a lot of people hurt and killed. But under the dirt, down among the crystals, are the roots of the human spirit, and it will grow again. It cannot be destroyed. And that's that.

DB - Vagabond Journeys
Never Give Up


What event over the past year changed your life, a lot or a little?

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I await your answers.


Big Mark 243 said...

...and more good stuff from DB...

I would say that 'it is what it is', but the problem with that colloquialism is that it never defines 'it'. That is what makes me rail against it. But in this case, we know what 'it was' so where is the surprise when it develops into 'what it is'.

And nothing is going to change that, save the end of everything. There is no air in that, big boy, none whatsoever..!

Trees said...

The Treeis letting everyone know that you cant beat it down either, it may have been scraggly and looked dead but it rises again. I too am a Tree and have been beaten down time and time again, especially in the past year and more so this past summer. I feel defeated at times, but I know I too will raise again, and in the face of failure, success will again be within reach.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Our spirit is an amazing thing.