I was looking for another image for the screensaver on my pc, as the one I have of ice crystals on a window had ceased to be inspiring.
To be fair, everything seems to have stopped being that lately, but I thought I might find something to lift my spirits as I have always thought it is important to have something to inspire us when we start work every day. Especially for those moments when we stare at the screen for ages, hoping for a miracle.
I knew it was exactly what I had been looking for, the minute I saw the image of the tree standing proudly and regal in the forest. It spoke to me of old age, solitude and peace, even though there was a lot of missing bark and the obvious damage it had sustained over the years.
This lovely old tree was a bit like me, I thought. I too have been around a long time and have been somewhat damaged over the years, but unlike this tree, my scars are hiding.
The wide trunk, firmly planted in the moss-covered soil seemed strong and permanent, despite the nasty crack that almost splits the tree in half that seems to challenge this assumption.
Old age challenges us too, in so many ways and like this tree, we will probably go on for quite a while yet, especially if we allow ourselves to slow down a little.
I wasn’t sure what kind of tree it was, but the leaves were small, delicate and abundant, full of life and vigour. Several qualities I wish I had!
Perhaps I should try to be more like this tree in 2020?