© 2015 Lynsey

The summer day


I walk past this elm tree most days on the way to and from work. I’ve feel a bit a of a relationship with it because it hasn’t been looking particularly healthy for some years. In fact the new growth around the foot of the tree were the only real signs of vibrant life. The rest of the tree was looking shabby. Over the summer break the elm had a date with a chainsaw, and the stump is the only evidence that a big tree ever existed on the site.

It’s clear from the cross section that the tree was rotten to the core, and falling over in the next storm or two was a distinct possibility. The gloriously pleated young leaves, and their bright green hues, provide all the reasons to grow elms. Growing suckers like this is often a signal that the tree is struggling – in this case, dying from the inside. I’m unsure whether the property owner intends to allow the suckers to come away. I suspect the totara that was planted today is probably a hint that any subsequent elm growth will be discouraged.

I guess that’s the way we do business these days – after putting in your best efforts for years, becoming stale and rotten to the core, then desperately trying to reinvent yourself, only to have a younger model shoved in along side to replace you. Once you had courage, leadership, and took control. Now, someone else is taking advantage of the position you’d maintained and sustained for years.

How’s that working out for you?

Is this your plan? Are you making the best of what and where you are, and more importantly, who you are? Is this really how you want to spend your life?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver, The Summer Day, 1992

Manifesto
23. Every day retain your personal power. It belongs to you. No one else.
42. Every day celebrate. Who you are. What you have achieved. Things that matter to you.
48. Every day there are things you can’t change. You can change the way you think about them and deal with them.

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