Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tree of Life



I was out in the yard with the dog last night, taking a break from a house full of friends and neighbors who had gathered here to watch the passing of time together.  Looking back, I saw our magnificent beech tree, and it looked like the Tree of Life to me.

I have always loved the symbol of the Tree of Life.  Its roots ground us in our ancestors and our homeland.  In the branches are the fruits of our creativity and our hard work, along with the lessons and losses that we learn as we grow. Some of those branches get broken or scarred along the way. And at the top, new life continues to expand, just as curiosity and an endless desire to learn helps the tree open out bigger and stronger as it grows older.

Here’s wishing us all a New Year full of hope, kindness and love. Let’s all take care of each other, so our roots will be nourished and our branches will be full of sweet, new buds.

8 comments:

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Thank you Victoria. Your blog always feels like an oasis of calm and centeredness (is that a word?) whenever I visit. Much appreciated. Many blessings to your family and community in the coming year. (((♡♡♡)))

Grey Horse Matters said...

Wonderful post. Happy New Year!

billie said...

Happy New Year and thanks for the lovely photo and symbol - the tree of life is one of my favorites too. The cover of Partners in Zen is what I call the Tree of Life Bay photo - taken by my husband, of Keil Bay with one of our huge trees rising behind him in a way that it looks like it is growing up through him. Somehow it fits - horses are like the tree of life for me. :)

Strawberry Lane said...

Perfectly said, Victoria! Happy New Year!

Kate said...

A wonderful new year to you and yours as well!

Annette Mickelson said...

Happy New Year, Victoria. Best wishes for a peaceful, fruitful 2013.

Oak in the Seed said...

What a magnificent tree, a spirit in itself bringing hope and inspiration to all who shelter beneath it.
May this new year bring you and your family hope, health and happiness....

Lori Skoog said...

You always have a way with words that is very moving. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Happy New Year to you and your family...hopefully your town is beginning to recover. It has been such a pleasure to connect with you.