Wednesday, October 15, 2008

some advice from a tree

stand tall
act naturally
enjoy the view
settle down
make yourself useful
change your look for the season
smell good
sink deep roots
you never look stupid by staying quiet
learn to bend
take what comes and make the best of it
drink plenty of water
be yourself
take the winter off
be willing to be different
appreciate the differences in others
remember, variety is what makes us beautiful

This is from a scrap quote I did a couple of years ago...some of the thoughts are from Susan Branch's book Autumn, some are my own. So go enjoy your who you were made to be and enjoy others the way they are!

* I've since received a very nice email from Ilan Shamir who penned the following poem:

Advice from a Tree

Dear Friend
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of your true nature
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!

Apparently some of his verses were included in Susan Branch's Autumn book and I wanted to make sure he received the proper credit for the original (and very profound) poem. You can check out his website here.


Kristyn Knits said...

love it! love it! love it!
that scrap quote is one of my favorites, and it's on my frig right now!

Ellen said...

The picture of that tree, in all it's fall glory, says a lot. It's beautiful!