Coaching, Creativity, and Community
This week, I did a study on trees, how much I love trees and how significant they are. There are trees that are good for shade, decorative trees, and fruit bearing trees, and with the vast variety of trees in our midst and around the world, there was much to learn. Some trees need a specific type of soil to grow and thrive in. Other trees are able to adapt to a range of soils and can withstand periods of drought better than other trees. Many of the fruit bearing trees need to be planted with others to cross-pollinate and produce fruit.
Forest fires occur, which is part of natures process of renewing itself, getting rid of the old and making room for new growth. I feel so privileged to live on the West Coast, surrounded by amazing forests and beauty everywhere. One of my favorite things to do is hike in the many trails that are literally everywhere around me. We live on the side of a mountain, so natural paths and wilderness is just a walk away.
Seeing the roots exposed on tress is common, the soil erodes around them. There are massive trees all around though, so I know their roots go deep and stretch out far to find the water to sustain. These incredibly enormous, majestic trees give me a sense of awe and wonder.
Beautifully groomed trails where a person can hike for hours, tree-lined offering shade as protection.
Using trees as a metaphor, we can apply it to our life as we see it now and what we would like to see in the years to come. Focusing on a few questions that trees give us, we can ponder:
What is the fruit you are called to make? Is it sweet and refreshing or like oil to be poured out or meaty providing richness and protein?
Where do you get your nourishment? How deep are your roots? What sustains you? Your limbs, to what do they stretch towards?
What scars do you bear? Is it time for the fires to burn them away and begin anew?
What season is the most fruitful for you? Do you know what season you are in now?
Spend some time and journal and draw the tree you see yourself as today, and then the tree you long to be in the future.