Last week my friend Amy and I went camping near Capitol Reef and by the creek that runs alongside the Fruita campground (near the visitors center) we found this amazing old tree. I’ve always been fascinated by trees. They call out to me and draw me to them and I think they’re all beautiful and special in their own way. But this tree!! It was huge, and obviously very old and had a stately presence like none other!
It stopped me in my tracks. I leaned against a low hanging branch and gazed at the tree and asked what wisdom it had for me. Literally. And here’s what immediately flowed into my mind.
(From the tree to me….this flowed into my mind…) You are a lot like me Connie. Study me and you’ll see the similarities. You’ve lost people and things you’ve loved and you’ve been hurt deeply. Your life has weathered you and made you strong, sturdy and wise. It’s made you resilient and diverse and interesting and powerful.
Sometimes you look in the mirror and think you look old and it bothers you, but don’t ever be embarrassed about how you look. Sure you might have some wrinkles and lines, but don’t believe that they makes you less beautiful. Hold your head high and be proud of your looks. Know that your age marks make you uniquely you, and give you a priceless quality and attractive character.
I hugged the tree and I pondered on the significance of its message to me. It felt good to be connected to it.
Finally I let go, and as I walked away I swear I heard the tree say to me….
Claim your magnificence! Be proud of all you’ve overcome and who you’ve become as a result. Celebrate your journey and tell your story of growing strong through adversity. Stay strong and keep reaching up and branching out….
Thank you Fruita tree, for sharing your sage wisdom!