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Tree Metaphor
By Kelly J Eveleth
Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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A tree learns from where its strength comes.

The Master Gardner contemplates his next seed planting. He chooses a location in which there are not many trees visible. After planting, a realization occurs that this tree needs some attention as there is not a sufficient surface water supply. While the soil requires nutrients, the Gardener provides just enough to sustain growth. Thus, a sapling begins. Little protection is available during the storms so the Gardener places assistants near by to tend it during the storms. The Gardener is pleased that the young plant desires to survive with the obstacles present. And, growth continues. It appears to the young tree that the Master Gardener has bigger trees to tend to who are much more important. The Gardner's presence is limited. At times, branches break off. While leaves continue to shape the tree, the blossoms struggle to make themselves known. The roots are clearly the most valuable element of the tree. Periods of time occur when the roots come upon the life source needed. But the roots also become lost in the dark and don't know how to dig deeper. The roots don't understand how to connect to each other efficiently so that it can become a big tree. Rocks come upon the path and there is additional weather causing deterioration. Heaviness comes upon the young tree; a picture of what could be is unknown.
A very strong wind hits. Something deep inside calls the tree to fight. With determination it digs its roots deep and the tree sees the Master Gardener. The Gardener's presence awakens the tree's spirit to not just survive, but also to thrive. Unknown to the young tree, stronger trees' roots were being placed in the path of the fragile roots. The strong trees have a knowingness of the young tree's struggles and with discernment guide the young tree to nutrients needed. As the nutrients are being accepted into the roots, slowly healing occurs. The tree has yet to reach its potential, yet there is a vision and a dream of possibilities. Roots continue to seek out nutrients; a realization comes upon the tree as well. A deep water source is present which continuously flows being provided by the Master Gardener. The tree is learning that trees of maturity had there roots very deep drawing upon this water source and are connected to each other so strength could be drawn during the storms. The desire of the tree is to fulfill its greater purpose, supporting other trees near by. This purpose came to be known only after the tree faced its fears and worked through them. The tree continues striving to be a cedar with a legacy of strength and endurance.

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Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 2/23/2008
This sparks my muse off in a million directions...and so much like how we live, right along side...
You see it! :)
Outstanding pen!
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Eileen Granfors 2/21/2008
Very nice. I like this metaphor and also "The Secret of the Vine" by Wilkinson in which he talks of troubles as the parts that need pruning--no pruning, no new growth. Very nice, Kelly.

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