The wind blows.
Dead things fall away.
The tree stands.
Have you lost something?
Observing the way trees gracefully release what's dead,
generously offer what's nourishing, and
resolutely stand in bad weather
helps me deeply, and daily.
You can just silently watch, admire and add trees
as modern-day mentors,
incapable of deceit or manipulation.
The simple teaching of trees
is pure, profound and healing.
(Don't get me started on their fruit!)
The question "How are you?" is PROFOUND.
But it has been watered-down to a synonym for "Hello."
Forced or fake auto-responses of obligated okay-ness are expected.
(And if you are going through something tragic, it really doesn't matter! Every social encounter OPENS with this well-established Ritual of Insincerity.)
The question "How are you?" prompts an answer that begins with "I AM _____________."
This means many times each day, you are invited to SPEAK THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT that can be spoken of yourself.
And the socially-expected thing to do, is be QUICK + SLICK with your answer.
For a change... TAKE YOUR TIME, and tell your truth. ✍🏾