You are not a tree


I am fortunate to be able to say that I am happy with my life.  I enjoy my job and the people I work with, I love my little house and the privacy it affords me and I love living in Muskoka.  Not everything in my life has been picture perfect but that awareness empowers me to alter the things in my life that are not working and follow the path that I envision for myself.

So many people I encounter don’t seem to have the same luxury of being able to say they are content in their own lives. They seem to radiate negative energy and the lessons that are presented in their lives become more of a burden than a learning experience.  The “glass half empty” attitude fills the room and stifles any potential for that glass to be filled again.


With the impending shift in the calendar, the welcoming of a New Year and possible making of resolutions, we have to remember that we are not trees.  We are not rooted so deeply into the soil of our lives that we are unable move and make a change.  We are not permanently stuck in one spot for the rest of our lives, able to only move in one direction.  We are afforded the freedom of being able to make a change in our lives whenever we feel the desire to alter our destiny.  It may be a daunting task to uproot yourself and start over but, when you flip to the other side of that coin, what could be the lesser of the two evils?  With change always comes doubt but happiness will always trump fear.

Give yourself permission to do whatever it takes for you to be happy.  Put down some roots but if the place you have planted yourself smothers your potential for growth, dig up the roots, plant yourself again and start over.  You have to give yourself the opportunity to flourish and, if that means beginning again in a different location, trust that your happiness is worth the effort and do whatever it takes to find that perfect place.

Plant your feet and blossom but leave room to uproot, branch out and grow.

4 thoughts on “You are not a tree

  1. I do find myself at another crossroads and you’re so right – fear is a terrible reason not to find real happiness. I’ve made progress this year and being happier, but there’s more yet to find and I’ll just need to be open to making those steps and not be so fearful. I’m so prone to being a comfort zone person even if it’s not nearly as satisfactory and that has to change. No better time than the present/changing of the guard with the new year. 🙂 As always – very well written.

  2. Reflection is good (dwelling on the past, not so much.) I think sometimes we expect perfection from our lives. Being able to recognize happiness in the imperfection is so healthy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts/advice!

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