When I first planted this tree in my front yard, it was a small twig I got from the Enoch Arbor Days. I prepped the soil well and it grew some good roots. It started to slowly grow.
However, like most of the trees that we've planted in our yard, it got neglected and started to die. I thought the tree did die. Several times. We planted the tree long before we had the grass and gravel. Before the grass, I ran over the tree with my car. And after the grass was put in I mowed it down thinking it was dead and gone.
Despite the neglect and abuse, the tree came back and survived. It now looks good and healthy. And while its not as big as it could have been, it is a beautiful tree. We've planted a lot of trees in our yard and not very many have survived. The difference with this tree is that it established some good roots.
I think this tree can be like life. Often times we're neglected. We feel abused and trodden upon. To the point that we shrivel up and feel like we don't have anything to show for ourselves and nothing to offer the world. But as long as are roots are well established in the things that matter most... sometimes all we need to do is just hang in there. If we hold strong and hang on a little longer, opportunities will present themselves for us to grow, get stronger, be better, be happier, and feel better. We can become more confident in what we have to offer to the world. And although we can never be as perfect as we'd hope, we should be proud who we are and what we can become.