In the late 1980s I worked in situations where war affected the people and the land. To say I learned a lot about the situations and myself would be an understatement.
Since, I had to find a way to deal with what I saw, heard, and felt.
One of my recurring and healing ways of dealing with those situations is to talk to trees.
And, over the years I've gotten to know a few trees well just as I've met others for brief conversations during my travels.
Each visit, each meeting added something to what I heard when I first arrived to work in those situations.
The message: Live with patience, flexibility, and discretion.
The trees whispered something similar - with their variation. Here is what they shared.
~~~ Their whispers - their suggestions as told by the tree named Etre.
Patience - when you lean in and touch me, sit with me in shade, use me as a backrest, feel my patience. I can tolerate delays, troubles, and suffering without expression of anger or malice. I stand in my awareness of what is around me.
I share the importance of this tolerance, this way of lessening your anger towards your own delays, troubles, and suffering. I encourage your patience for living your extraordinary life.
Flexibility - when you watch me with the wind you can see my flexibility. Some of my kind can bend further than others. We each welcome the others to the grove. No one better than the other. Each of us holds a story in our life rings.
I share the importance of bending, this way of dealing with external forces as collaboration. Let the winds of change not break your transitional response. I encourage your flexibility for evolving your legacy.
Discretion - when you share your stories like the animals that rub against me, perch on my branches, run among my needles, hear my discretion. I share nothing about their comings and goings as I do for you. I welcome each, open to their requirements. I welcome you, open to your requirements.
I share the importance of this way of dealing with privacy to highlight your path forward in co-creating your well-living workplace and eco-creating the well-living world. I encourage your discretion for every person for whom you hear their stories.
And, I - others who stand with me - those of us you meet we ask you to feel, see, and hear the importance of patience, flexibility, and discretion. In doing so, you'll come to know the meaning of being natural.
For you ...
Lean in, touch me
Feel my patience
Watch me with the wind
See my flexibility
Share your stories
Hear my discretion
As travellers, we journey
* The Tree Called Etre ... Etre = French for To Be
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