Gary GruberGratitude Growth Life Nature SpringLESSONS FROM A LARGE TREE
April 9 , 2017 /


I watched a very large tree swaying in the wind and these thoughts came to me in a morning meditation.

  1. Work with the forces that seek to move you. Adapt and adjust so that you do not break because you are too rigid.
  2. Be flexible and move in several different directions, back and forth, up and down, whatever it takes.
  3. Be strong at the center, at the core of your being, and then branch out to new heights where the view is quite different.
  4. Be grateful for what you receive that enables growth – nutrients, light, air and water.
  5. Be ready for changing conditions and adjust to the vagaries of weather and the season.
  6. Reach higher and wider in order to grow and evolve into what you are meant to be. Fulfill your potential.
  7. Give according to what you are able to provide whether housing, food, shade, or simple and artful beauty.
  8. We are just one among hundreds of different kinds of beings and there is so much richness in diversity. Appreciate every kind.
  9. Do not be concerned about appearances. Those are merely superficial.
  10. Grow where you are planted and share with all who pass by.



Comments (4)

  1. Gary you are a poet of life. I’m completely seduce by your wise words. It is absolutly true, that we learn and grow from everything surrounding us in nature. And it can also become a challenge to just try to put that in practice in our day to day life. This is why, I so love to put my hands on a tree and listen to his heart. Gracias amigo.

    1. Haven’t thought of you as a “tree-hugger” but why not? We would all be better off listening to the heartbeat of nature rather than the noise of people. Music is a gift too, listening to sounds that lift us up, inspire us, calm us, match our moods. Celebrate Spring. It has been very windy here but less today and warmer tomorrow. Travel well, enjoy, take care.

  2. I’ve printed your “10 Lessons from a Large Tree” for frequent reference. These 10 points are poignant and resonate so beautifully with me. Thank you, new friend! ~Denna J. Shelton

    1. Thanks, Denna. Glad you like those “lessons” and find them useful. Guess that’s our purpose, to help where we can, who we can, when we can. Often surprising to me who reads, thinks, responds and takes time to share. Have a wonder-filled weekend. I am about to post something quite different and if you want, you can subscribe to the blog on the page by filling in your email. Take care, be well, celebrate!

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