The Importance of Each Tree

Our universe is not made up only of beautiful trees,
but also of stunted ones.
Yet each tree is important.

Television shows us movie stars,
men and women with beautiful bodies and extravagant clothes.
But that is not the reality of the majority of people!

The beauty of human beings lies in their capacity
to accept who they are, just as they are;
not to live in a world of dreams or illusions,
in anger or despair,
wanting to be other than they are,
or trying to run away from reality.
~Jean Vanier from Seeing Beyond Depression

Long ago I gave up striving
for perfect symmetry,
strong shapely limbs,
the straightest trunk,
the most luscious foliage and colorful blooms.

Instead, my life is as fruitful as possible,
even if I bend more in winter storms,
my roots not anchored as deep,
despite bare and broken branches,
falling leaves,
crooked trunk,
and increasing lumpiness.

I try to provide the best of which I’m capable,
with a minimum of scab, rot and hidden worms.

The promise of breathtaking beauty enriches and enlivens.
It makes getting up in the morning worth the effort
when we would rather hide our homeliness under the covers.

Yet nothing is as beautiful as the reality of
broken people giving their all
for other broken people.

It is for this we are created;
our imperfections on display,
continually pruned and refined
to produce needed fruit,
abundantly filling and ever so sweet.

2 thoughts on “The Importance of Each Tree

  1. Thank you, dear Emily, for the enviable gifts that you describe for human potential and recognition of human differences as we travel on our earthly journey – even as we experience personal trials, hurts and occasional selfishness.. When we reach that age when we allow ourselves to be comfortable with who we are and as we approach the finish line — where we will meet and live for eternity with the ultimate PERFECTION and beauty as we realize His promises to us that ever were, or could be.

    ( Rest in Peace, loving man. Jean Vanier. You have left a blessed legacy here in your temporary home.
    Pray for us that we, too, will seek and follow in your footsteps. )

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