Jan. 1st, 2011

the tree

Jan. 1st, 2011 09:39 pm
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when you see a sapling, a tree in the first of its youth, you see a young thing with promise, and potential, that still must be sheltered and cared for. You see the hope of a strong and established tree in the slinder frame and fragile branches.

it is that hope, and that dream of what the sapling will become that encourages you to care for it, support it, guide it through it's growth. but in truth, no amount of care or guidance can make a sapling grow. that comes from something within the sapling itself, and if that spark isn't there, your care is in vain.

as a sapling matures, you see its branches thicken, its trunk grow longer, and below it' root system mirrors the growth. there is a point where you can no longer care for the sapling and it must grow on it's own. It lays the groundwork to support itself against the elements, and to thrive no matter what the world gives it. Those sappling that fail to develop enough roots, often fall in the wind and rain, or under the snow of winter. It is an understanding of nature that not all sapplings adequately prepare themselves for what lies ahead.

a tree that has survived several years past its youth often stands gaunt. straight, but showing the effects of the world on it. It has grown the way it needed to grow in order to survive on its own, and in its own way is a testament to strength and the resolve of its youth, even as it no longer quite mirrors the straight branches of the sapling it once was. Its trunk may be knotted, and it may have unpredicted bends in its branches - testaments to the obsticles it overcame and accomidated during its accention to the sky.
a testament to the maturity and growth it accomplished on its own, despite the challenges the world and the elements provided.

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