Advice from a Tree

December 11th, 2018

Advice from a Tree

What nature teaches us about life

As fall turns toward winter, it can be difficult to embrace change or capture glimpses of beauty in the midst of loss.  The same leaves that were glorious in colors just weeks ago, have now withered and the branches are bare.  Likewise the changing seasons might remind us of the changes in our aging loved ones as they face having to stop driving, experience a fall with injuries, or have to move in with a daughter for extra care and support.  The beauty of family relationships can become strained when dementia causes changes in behavior or mood or physical function.  When we have difficulty coping with change and adjusting to new kinds of normal, let's look to the trees for some words of wisdom.  May this poem bring insight and fresh perspective for you in this season.  

Advice From A Tree

--by Ilan Shamir (Sep 25, 2017)

Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
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!