Roots, Patience, and Presence

We have been discussing the benefit of examining the roots in our lives and comparing them to tree roots.  We have talked about the benefit of taking the time to establish a solid foundation for ourselves from which we can operate.  We have looked at the time that this process takes and how important it is to do our part for the kids in our community.  Today I want to offer that what we can learn from trees and roots are Patience and Presence.

Trees endure harsh winters and drought conditions, and for the most part, for many years, they endure.  They find their way around the pavement, pipes, other tree roots, rocks, and many other obstacles, yet they persist.  They keep going and keep themselves moving forward.  This persistence is much like our own lives, in that we must find ways to endure life challenges, such as love, meaning, and emotional struggles, to name a few.  How is it that we keep going?  Consider the roots of a tree.  A tree root doesn’t wish for different conditions, that we know of anyway.  It finds its way around obstacles and keeps going.  If you have ever dug up a tree and tried to remove some of the roots, you know they go everywhere and establish themselves into the earth.   The root metaphor teaches us to find our wisdom and perseverance to continue.  The root metaphor, of which I have been writing in this three-part series, is our symbol for the strength that we need in our own lives.

Strength such as tenacity–resolve, persistence, firmness, resolve to accomplish that which we desire.  I speak to large groups of kids and adults on a variety of topics, including persistence and perseverance.  I was talking with the owner of a significant heating and air conditioning company, and I asked him what his biggest challenge was with his employees.  Without hesitation, he said persistence to solve a problem, perseverance in light of a challenge in their personal life. These roots are not being established with our youth like they were in the past.  The systems of society that used to be present in communities, to help with this work, have changed, if not all but disappeared.  Take some time today to find kids or adults in your life and have a conversation with them about what gives you a root system on which to draw strength in your life.

By helping to address this with our youth today, we give them a gift on which they can draw for the rest of their life.  I challenge you today to find the time to sit with someone whom you care about and pass on your root system to them.  You will find great reward in the few minutes that it takes to have a great conversation.

Yours for a Better Life,

Rich