Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Listen to the trees

All this visible is only an imperceptible point in the vast bosom of nature.
The mind of man cannot grasp it.
It is in vain that we try to stretch our conceptions beyond all imaginable space;
We bring before the mind’s eye merely atoms in comparison with the reality of things.
                                                        Blaise Pascal



It is pouring rain, on this early Tuesday morning. I stand here at my kitchen counter looking out my front window. I am smiling looking at gigantic puffballs across the road, and off in the distance. Watching happy turkeys dancing in the rain, while all the time, typing on this keyboard. Thinking back, to the day before which was our Thanksgiving. A day that made me think.

Just a mere twelve hours before, I was sitting at my kitchen table pecking away on the same keyboard. As per my usual I was looking out to the back of the farm, wondering what the day ahead would bring, and wondering where my turkeys were. I was going to go for a hike with my sister Tess in the bush, just down the lane and I was excited about that.

Two very different views, from the very same place, where I love to spend my time, which just happens to be my kitchen. Different ways to look at things is not a bad thing.


I have a secret that others may not know, or understand. The trees, seen off in the distance out both of those windows have tremendous powers. The power to take you away; to a place where the only thought in your head will be in realizing and knowing that the world is so much more than we could ever imagine or possibly understand. Our lives are but only one small speck that is barely noticeable in the scale of life. One tiny piece of our universe, and not actually very significant at all, and if we really think about it, even though we may like to think that we are the most important; we are wrong.

While I stood under a magnificent, more than a century old Sugar Maple tree, I stood in awe. Then the light of the sun while illuminating the yellow leaves, showed shadows of scars deep in its rough bark. The now healed over, and forgotten drill holes from years of maple syrup seasons long ago, I felt its pain, but also its joy.


I thought about all the things it has seen, and had felt over its own lifetime. How it had stood through the best and the worst of times and was still smiling and holding tight to its real purpose in this life, and sharing that with us.

The constant changing of climate and the unpredictable storms and extremes in every direction and never knowing what lay ahead. Those drilled holes that must have hurt and I knew it had not fought back, because it knew it was providing what was needed, at the time. These trials and tribulations did not deter its sense of why and what its purpose in life was.


It stands tall, beautiful and strong outstretching its arms to the sky and into the universe that we really do not know, or understand. I believe that it does understand that (like all of us), it is only a small insignificant speck on the scale, as far as the whole universe goes. BUT, that it also knows that it is a huge part, and not only a speck, in the eyes of the ones (like me) who need to come to listen and feel its thoughts, to absorb its strength and wisdom, that it is very willing to share; but, only if we really want to listen.

 It knows its purpose. Do I, or you? Lots to think about, don’t you think?

Later

Joining Theresa at Good Fences Today. Thanks Theresa.


45 comments:

  1. Living tree. It has seen much, it's heard much, it's either strong or weak..
    Hugs M XOX

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  2. people often overlook the trees, focusing instead on the pretty flowers. they have color...they often have a scent. i adore the trees, their shapes, colors...those amazing trunks, trees fascinate me and are often the focus of my attention!!!

    mother nature is really amazing!!!!

    ps, many thanks for your kind comment today. my post was a long read and i appreciate your words more than you will ever know. some people are just happy, no matter the circumstances. i hope today is a good day for you!!!!

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  3. I like your thoughts this morning, Miss B!

    I thought about all the things it has seen, and had felt over its own lifetime. A reminder make sure we know the stories of the older generation and the background of where we come from. To appreciate technology, but know how to put in a good days work.

    How it had stood through the best and the worst of times and was still smiling and holding tight to its real purpose in this life, and sharing that with us. We all have to remember like marriage ranching/farming is a for better or worse relationship. Good thing ag people are usually an optimistic group.

    Your autumn colored trees are gorgeous!

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  4. Hello Button, lovely words and post. The trees and Autumn colors are beautiful. They are big and strong, I feel like a speck compared to them. Have a happy day!

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  5. So many quotes about trees began dancing in my head as I was reading your post.

    You're right, most of us lack a sense of our purpose in life, and struggle on... missing the thing which would ground us and give us meaning. You, I think, have been a tree, or are becoming one. =) *hugs*

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  6. While reading your story I was reminded of the beautifully written book called "The Giving Tree" Your story is full of imagery and gratitude. I loved reading it this morning . Thanks!

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  7. I was listening to a podcast this morning on my run about the connection between humans and nature. Your post is very similar.

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  8. She is beautiful and probably has as many stories in her as you do. Thank you for sharing, dear.

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  9. I love the light through the trees and the amazing, transitioning colors. Beautiful photos and thoughts!

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  10. Trees are an incredible wonder. If I get my druthers when I die I will have an ecofuneral and will feed a tree. Which will be a most excellent thing.

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  11. kind of reminds you of ..."when a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?" .. only in this case it's probably does anybody even care? .... people today are mostly too busy and preoccupied to notice much. They don't even know where they're walking ..with their phones in their hand... wandering along .. out into the traffic ..totally unaware..... almost hit two of them the other day. On the same morning. Sheeesh! ....Wish I had an air horn in my Rav... that'd wake 'em up. No clue how much or what they're missing in life.... and, mostly they don't even care. Sad.

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  12. I understand exactly what you mean.

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  13. You are a deep thinker and good at putting your thoughts into words. I often have those type of thoughts too. We are a mere speck in time and space but hey we must make the most of it as well as appreciate what is around us like those beautiful trees in your yard. Great photos they should be bigger save having to click on them to see the detail.

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  14. Totally with you. My trees are my dear and best friends. When the maple tree in front of my house fell ill and had to be removed, I mourned....

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  15. I love our trees here in our yard and valley . I was just thinking today as I sat looking at our old 150+ year old tree in our yard that the stories it could tell if it could talk and all that it has seen and lived through . We had a few big trees taken down cause of rot and it made me sad for them and for the birdies who occupied them to ! Now the trees are giving us such beautiful colours . I wish for every tree that is taken down there would always be a new one planted . We had planted three trees this spring and they are doing well . Thanks for sharing , lovely post and photos . Have a good day !

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  16. It's what love does...gives although it hurts.

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  17. I am going to miss the sound going through the maples in our front yard. Hope you are well xx

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  18. I see a big story written from the tree's point of view. I wonder the same things about trees.I heard a lecture one time and there's a theory that trees can communicate with each other. It was quite a convincing argument.

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  19. I love trees in the forests. I, however don't like them too close to the house. Always worried about high winds storms uprooting trees that may fall over onto the house. They have their place and that in the forest.

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  20. I love that you see trees the same way I do :)

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  21. I believe it's true that we humans only THINK we know about nature, that there's much more that we don't understand.

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  22. From one tree whisperer to another...what a great post!

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  23. I always find a lot to think about amongst the trees.

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  24. Introspection . . . yours . . . fed me . . .
    Wish I was walking with you and your sis . . .

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  25. Beautiful and stately trees, demonstrating the glory of our awesome Creator! It is an inspiration, standing among all that beauty. I love the woods. Nothing like it. Wonderful photos!

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  26. i really enjoy getting back to nature. love getting away from it all & just relaxing. i agree with you there. trees don't judge. don't make fun of you, they are strong and go through such wild weather ... we can learn much from trees. i really enjoy your fall leaf shots. ( :

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  27. Belas fotografias.
    Gostei do blog.
    Um abraço.
    http://andarilharar.blogspot.pt/

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  28. I think I've shared this before I grew up with a Dad who believed in the power trees, and Nature in general but he had a 'thing' for trees that he passed down to me, he'd of loved this post Button xxoo L

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  29. Very lovely post. Your trees are gorgeous. - I enjoyed your thoughts very much.

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  30. I agree! Great post lots to think about too!

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  31. Wow, I could definitely get lost in those trees. How it is special to have them so near. I honestly don't know what their purpose is but I do know that every living thing on this earth is connected and agree that our lives are insignificant when compared to nature's oldest treasures. Thank you for reminding me to honor trees and to give respect where it is due. xoxo!

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  32. B,

    Well said my friend!!!! Tree's are one of God's many gifts of life.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  33. I'd love to stand under those trees and gaze upward! That in itself is an uplifting action!
    Blessings to you!
    Christineandhercamera.blogspot.com

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  34. Trying to look at the same things from different perspectives is always an enlightening experience. As is trying to understand the natural world that is all around us, and we often take for granted. You've done both well in this piece. Thank you for sharing your insights.

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  35. From one small speck to another...noticing the trees is the important part:)

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  36. This is why I love visiting you- every post makes me say- Yes, I know exactly what you mean! Have a great weekend!

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  37. If trees could talk...oh the stories we would hear!

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  38. The trees have lots to say, especially when they have lots of leaves.
    Now, leafless, they are quieter, but remain the sentinals just outside our windows.

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  39. I understand all you are saying about your trees. Another way of thinking about our importance: Look up at the night sky and see all the stars and that too makes you realise we are but a speck in the general theme of life.

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  40. Yes indeed - lots to think about. It is weird when you start contemplating life like this but I do like it. It makes everything seem magical when you begin to think about the purpose of it all.

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  41. Oh I think nature knows it's purpose way better than us humans!

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  42. My husband LOVES trees and over the years his love has rubbed on to the rest of us :)

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