Stand Tall


I think of the yoga pose the tree.  This pose enables you to improve your balance; it is difficult to do. When you attempt it; You will wobble.  It will take practice to be still and improve your muscle control.  When you do wobble, remember trees sway, when the wind blows.  I think it is a great pose of reflection.  We need to remind ourselves, we will sway a lot in our journeys.  We may be uprooted and have to begin again, but as we plant our roots(the tree pose is in the root chakra) we need light.  Our roots growing in the rich soul, of our family, friends and mentors.  We will lean towards it, reaching and striving for it our whole lives, once we figure out what lights our souls, find our passion, and what talents we own that uniquely define us.
Sometimes we have to branch out try new things, a virus can take  us down another path, but we still need to
remain true.    Yes, put ourselves out on a limb,  to see our true essence.   Our courage is in our roots, our foundation of who we are, who loves us, who we are destined to be.   Growth takes time, some of us will take longer, some will have no lack of light, nutrients and water, some will.   No matter what you do, you owe it to yourself to reach for the sun, the stars; Your light!   Just remember be like the tree and learn to lean and sway, when the elements detour you.  

A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.  ~Welsh Proverb

He who plants a tree
Plants a hope.
~Lucy Larcom, "Plant a Tree"

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The next best time is now.  ~Chinese Proverb

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.  ~Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928

Whatever dream you plant, remember it takes time to grow.  You need to tend it, nurture it and feed it well... 

One of my fav books is Shel Silverstein's, "The Giving Tree" ;-D   I hope you, too will stand tall and grow, branch out, lean towards the light of your dream!


"Whatever dream you plant, remember it takes time to grow"
that's true in many different levels.
Planting of a tree must be wonderful, like life it shoots out many branches as indeed our lives do. Additions to the family , some departing,
The spring when the leaves to begin to appear that is the hope, without hope we are but an empty shell.
Rayna M. Iyer said…
What a wonderful post. Thank you.

And I love the new look of your blog.
Sherry Blue Sky said…
I love this post, Ellie, the wisdom is right-on, and the quotes are fantastic. I love "like the tree learn to lean and sway when the elements detour you." Yes, we need to do much leaning and swaying! Great post!
Jennifer said…
I love this post. How wonderful to think of ourselves rooted deep in the ground, swaying in the wind.

The giving tree is one of my favorite books also. I think I am going to have to read it to myself as a bed time story tonight. :)

Missing you!
paperbird said…
Ellie this is SO beautiful- I love it.

PS- I love your name.
my unit with my son this week is trees.... I may add your post to my list of books about trees....I love the way you write... I get jealous sometimes.. LOL all your metaphores rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wanda said…
Ellie, this is so lovely and very good analogy. Gave me lots to think about my friend.
Deborah Ann said…
I don't think I will ever look at a tree the same way again. Hey, I just love this background! Feels like I'm sitting in your living room, having coffee with you...
Hi Ellie!
I don't know if you'd enjoy this or not but I know you love Maine so I thought I'd run over and tell you ... on one of the vintage blogs I read, a woman is showing Maine souvenirs. Some fun kitchsy stuff. Here's the link:
Thank you so much for your sweet comments and commiserating with me over my intruder incident. I'm still a bit wobbly and off kilter from it but much much better.
Happy almost weekend!