Like the branches on a tree, our paths, choices, rights, wrongs, decisions, our own negative thoughts about ourselves and mistakes spread out over our lives. They can cast shadows over us or they can allow the sun to shine in. But these are things that we can change, like a branch, we can cut them off. We can change our path or our decisions. We can remove people or cut them out of our lives or allow negative people to stay in and cast shadows over us.
Like the trunk of a tree our bodies absorb whatever we allow to enter them. Positive or negative, good or bad. We can “feed” it healthy thoughts and feelings or we can “feed” it junk and crap and negative thoughts about ourselves. But, in the end, we can still “cut down” or change the trunk of our tree. We can even go as far as to dig up the stump if we cut our tree down.
Oh but the roots – our true selves! That’s where the magic is in our tree. You can’t change or remove all of those roots or our true self. Think about the root system of a tree, the roots can go for yards and yards. You can’t dig all of the roots up, you just try to cut through them. Your roots, that’s your true self, that’s who you really are. The loving person, the compassionate person, the responsible person, the honest person, the nurturing person. This is the person who cries in Old Yeller, the same person who feels empathy for others and the person (roots / true self) that the world can’t change.
So embrace your inner tree. Cut off branches that weigh you down. Get rid of the branches that don’t let the sun in. Feed your trunk positive self-talk, healthy thoughts and feelings. Feed your body all the good stuff. Let your roots run wild!