The Giving Tree

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THE TREE OF LIFE

Mother Earth doesn’t shout like Mother Nature. This baobab tree in South Africa is over 1400 years old. It is a reminder if we adapt, bend and reach to the sky for our source of strength while growing our roots deep, we can become mighty and strong.
 
Our earth provides us with so many resources and yet sadly it is often abused or not thought of…until it is gone or we become wiser and more appreciative. 
 
In children’s story “The Giving Tree”, the stages of life of “the boy” are told and the tree, with unconditional love, give everything to make the boy “happy”.   Click for the Audio Story told by Shel Silverstein
 
 
 
…excerpt from the final pages…
 
“And after a long time the boy came back again.
“I am sorry, Boy,” said the tree, “but I have nothing left to give you-
My apples are gone.”
“My teeth are too weak for apples,” said the boy.
“My branches are gone,” said the tree.
“You cannot swing on them-”
“I am too old to swing on branches,” said the boy.
“My trunk is gone,” said the tree.
“You cannot climb-”
“I am too tired to climb,” said the boy.
“I am sorry,” sighed the tree.
“I wish that I could give you something… but I have nothing left. I am an old stump. I am sorry…”
“I don’t need very much now,” said the boy, “just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired.”
“Well,” said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could,
“well, an old stump is a good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.”
And the boy did.
And the tree was happy.”
Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree
 
 

TCOY CHALLENGE – Reach out to someone from your past who you have not spoke to in a long time. 

Excuses be gone!  This is as much of a health benefit for you (and others) as a physical workout.  Take the time to nurture your social and emotional well-being.  Rekindling relationships and remembering what shaped your life is time well spent.

TCOY = Take Care of You

Well-being:  Mind, Heart and Body

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