Today's Gift: Letting Go

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Today's Gift: Letting Go
Saturday, October 5, 2013
You are reading from the book Today's Gift

I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and sleep.
--May Sarton

"How can I do what you say," asked the child, "and still be me?"

"Look at me," said the tree. "I bend in the wind, droop in the rain. Yet I always remain myself, a tree."

"Look at me," said the man. "I can't change."

"Look at me," said the tree. "I change every season from green to brown to green again, from bud to flower to fallen leaf. Yet I always remain myself, a tree."

"I can't love anymore," said the woman. "With my love, I have given away all that I am."

"Look at me," said the tree. "There are robins in my branches, owls in my trunk, moss and ladybugs living on my bark. They may take what I have, but not what I am."

Whether we know it or not, we are like the tree. Only our pride hangs on to a false sense of self, wanting to keep everything, refusing to follow advice or orders. What we do doesn't matter; how we do it is what counts.

What changes have I gone through without losing my real self?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families (c)1985, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation.

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I like the analogy of the

I like the analogy of the tree!

The wind is fiercly blowing today and leaves are flying everywhere. I'm reminded that sometimes God strips us bare, literally ripping away our cloak of security, what's familiar, safe and warm (our leaves).

But after we are stark and bare for awhile, he renews us with a fresh cloak, making us stronger, taller. He calls us to be ever-changing (which is painful at times, ugh!).

But we can be rest assured that HE always stays the same.

Thanks for sharing!

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My maiden name is a tree.

My maiden name is a tree. :). I need to remember my "roots". Or maybe I should drop an acorn and grow new ones! :)

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