If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...
Not a day goes by that I don’t count my blessings to have certain people in my life who have led me to happiness. For many years, I have been stuck in negative beliefs about myself that have pulled me into the ground and I’ve never quite broken the surface or reached the sunlight, caught in a lifetime of darkness and shrouded in silence.
A tree that once was a tiny little seed, that had inner strength within it, knew that in order to grow big and tall it had to be dropped in soil, hidden in darkness and struggle to break through the surface.
One day there will be a terrifying storm brewing in the sky. The little sapling, so small and delicate, discovers very quickly that it will have to face and survive horrific weather conditions: tornados, rain storms, heavy snow falls, and even the deadliest, being struck by lightning. Although tiny, it has the strength to bend and not break, and endure whatever life has in store for it.
The tree will in fact get through all types of challenges. In times of stress, trees do not grow beyond their ability to support themselves, they start to shed leaves and branches in order to grow stronger.
So over the years, as this tree grew, it survived but it looked a little different from the rest. Its trunk was cracked and split, the woody branches looked injured but still it grew for many years to come. The bark that protects the tree’s trunk was mostly now removed from humans carving and picking at it, leaving scars on it that will forever remain on the trunk for all to see. But despite all this, its roots remained underground, extending three times the tree’s width, making sure it was well grounded.
The day will finally arrive where the tree reaches an age where it is able to flower, humans will come out of nowhere to water, love and hug the tree, something it needed so desperately to encourage it to grow for so long. The people’s love for this tree reminded it why it was first planted there and needed to stay. People needed this tree to breathe, as it produced pure oxygen and helped make for a more beautiful landscape. Finally, the most important reason why this tree had such a purpose… to provide shade and shelter to the humans that stood beneath it.
So many people go through life standing tall and being a tree with their roots in the ground and letting the wind just shift them back and forth, not doing anything else. I have broken through the surface of darkness that was piled on top of me and I am ready to fight any storm that hits me. I am ready to feel the sun shining on me and let the wind rustle the leaves on my branches loud enough to inspire others!