Saturday, 1 October 2011

Lessons from a tree

Lessons From Trees

It's important to have roots. 
In today's complex world, it pays to branch out. 
If you really believe in something, don't be afraid to go out on a limb. 
Be flexible so you don't break when a harsh wind blows. 
Sometimes you have to shed your old bark in order to grow. 
If you want to maintain accurate records, keep a log. 
It's okay to be a late bloomer.
Avoid people who would like to cut you down. 
As you approach the autumn of your life, you will show your true colors. 
You could be Brilliant! 

In other words "bloom where you are planted and make
the best of what you've got."  

Author Unknown

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers - for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.  Osho
I leave you with these lessons till the end of October. I have some work to do like painting and cleaning the terras as we will be able to eat outside soon. I also have a new toy, a kindle on which you can read e-mail books and I keep on reading now. There is lots going on at the moment. Last night we went to the Southern Lights Dance Company, who gave a contemporary dance perfomance in the Geo Dome . The geo dome is a huge tent set up in Hagley Park as we don't have any theaters at the moment here in Christchurch. The performance was absolutely stunning, beautiful, original, inspirational or actually too good for words. Also lots of walks planned among the trees as I love them.

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
Kahlil Gibran
Arohanui to all and see you in a couple of weeks, marja


  1. Great poem!

    We have some huge and ancient oak trees here in South Carolina and I find it such and honor to be around them knowing they will be around long after I am gone.

  2. I love this and somehow remember the saying from somewhere and it is so true the lessons we can learn from nature. I simply love trees and this a awesome. So majestic to have lived so long. Wonderful post!

  3. Thank you for the uplifting post. That first poem is brilliant.

    And Kahlil Gibran's words are so moving and so true.

    Have you heard the one by Joyce Kilmer "I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree"? That is also a beautiful poem.

    It seems that trees eternally inspire us!

  4. Twisting
    Big enough now to offer shade and shelter

  5. Great poem,Marja and nice post.I love your picture of the tree.Enjoy your october and all your activities.Sounds like a busy time for you!At the moment we have here a belated summer in autumn!It´s crazy weather,temperatures around 25 °C in autumn.Have a nice time outside in your beautiful country.Can´t wait to see the next pics.
    See you,Marja!


  6. What a beautiful tree that is! You could spend all day just looking at that twisted trunk and thinking of all the drama that it has seen in its long life.

  7. Nice thoughts and photo Marja. Imagine a world without trees. It would be bereft! Have a nice break.

  8. Marja, what a beautiful post. I love old gnarly trees, and the poem and Gibran quote are just fabulous. Am tweeting this blogpost!

    Good luck with your Oct cleaning and painting!

    Judy, South Africa

  9. Beautiful poem and thoughts Marja. Another great reminded to keep rooted and grounded in what we belive. Happy week ahead my friend. Hugs..MK

  10. wow...wonderful...never thought of these while looking to all those trees in the park... :)

  11. As always Marja your posts inspire me to think outside the square.
    I adore trees, I am in awe of their resilience.
    Bless you my friend and have a wonderful break.
    Warmest hugs
    Peggy xxxxx

  12. Thank you for these words of wisdom and for the image of this magnificent eucalyptus tree. We have a love/hate relationship with eucalyptus trees here in California. We love them because of their beauty and usefulness, but we hate them because their strong fragrance squelches all native plants in their shadow. I love making wreaths out of eucalyptus leaves and pods.

  13. Your photos of Kaikoura are splendid – what a beautiful place. The slide show is stunning – I’d love to see all these sites.

    Philosophy is important – in France it is a requirement to have a year of philosophy study, but in the US I don’t think it is a requirement, and that is sad.

    That is a beautiful and huge tree. We visited old gardens in Long Island, New York, last week and saw many old trees – I took so many pictures of them. That is a nice post.

  14. What a nice positive post. Enjoy your painting and reading and whatever you plan to do Marja. Hope you have the best weather possible. You deserve some relaxing time ;-)

  15. Oh this was beautiful in SO many ways Marja! Loved every letter of it!


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