A Tree to Climb

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When I was 9 years old, I wanted desperately to climb the tallest tree.  But I had (and still have) a problem.  I am afraid of heights.  To this day, I take a deep breath before going on a downward escalator.

I did climb that tree – crying all the way up the branches.  My friend, Carol, who went ahead of me, begged, cajoled, and encouraged me all the way to the top.

I’ll always remember that tree, but I will never forget that I had help!  No regrets…

“The mistakes I’ve made are dead to me. But I can’t take back the things I never did.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Pathways

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This past weekend, I picked up a 100% Natural Trail Mix, a coastal berry blend.   I loved the tag line – “real food for real people.”  I give the marketing team top marks for their branding message. I turned over the package to read the fine print (i.e. how many calories).  And that is where I found the perfect quote to end our remarkable month of July.

“Sometimes getting lost is the best way to find yourself.”

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By the way, in my experience – sometimes the pathways are just as exciting.  And there are benches along the way…

Wisdom of Trees

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“The world is changing: I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth,

and I smell it in the air.”

Treebeard, Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

The Wisdom of Treebeard