Advice from a Tree

I had a different post planned for today but changed my mind. I want to tell you about last night and share some advice I heard.

I had the pleasure of attending our elementary school's promotion exercises for sixth graders. It was an evening filled with celebration and the honoring of students who make up the 2013 class.

Our wonderful school secretary, Diane Lagasse, has known most of the students since they entered the school as kindergarteners. She offered them some words of wisdom that I'd like to share with you.

I love that the poet looked to nature for guidance. I think there are many lessons to be learned from nature if we slow down enough to notice them. I hope you'll share this with your children/students.

Advice from a Tree
by Ilan Shamir

Dear Friend
Stand tall and proud
Sink your roots deeply into the earth
Reflect the light of your true nature
Think long-term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The energy and birth of spring
The growth and contentment of summer
The wisdom to let go the leaves in fall
The rest and quiet renewal of winter

Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of stars at night
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!

I hope you and your family get out and enjoy some time in nature this weekend.

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