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Life Of A Tree

"We don't talk about trees getting older.

We say they are growing.

Let's use the same term for ourselves.

We are not getting older.

We are just growing."

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If you are a couple, make a pact with each other.

If you are single make a pact with yourself.

Each day from now on, you will do one new thing or learn one new thing. Try a tiny bit of cinnamon in your coffee. Google a word you heard used but do not fully know the meaning of. Take a walk on the other side of the street. My husband and I used to call these new things "Firsts." The experiences were not necessarily new to either of us but, they were new to us experientially as a couple. Neither of us was impressed with cinnamon coffee but we tried it (once).

As a child, I remember the encyclopedias and the big, fat dictionary in our bookcase. As children do, we would ask many questions: What is..., Why is..., How big...? Our parent's answer would, almost always, be "Look it up", and we would. As we started a search through the index in the back of the sets, well, it was our prehistoric version of "Where in the world is Waldo?"

The point is, as children, we are constantly learning. As adults, we have already learned a lot. We have already experienced a lot. That does not mean we are out of "Firsts."

A tree is fully grown but it continues to grow and renew (refresh) itself. We can do that too. We are fully grown but we can continue to grow and refresh ourselves. From the moment you wake up in the morning start to be aware, and do not stop being aware, until you realize a "First" for that day.

This morning I brewed a cup of coffee and began to drink. I need one cup to start my day. However, I never realized, until this morning, that I (really, really) enjoy the taste of coffee.

A simple, tiny "Aha!" moment but a moment nonetheless. You could realize you don't like the taste of coffee. Aha! Try switching to tea. Aha! Two for one. You are welcome.

If a tree stops growing I fear it might be dying. If I stop growing and experiencing, what happens to my soul?


"For I know the plans I have for you,

declares the Lord,

plans for welfare and not for evil,

to give you a future and a hope."

Jeremiah 29:11

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