Posted by: David D. Daggett | August 15, 2011

Big Trees

Big Trees

        Big trees always seem to enchant me. Back in June when we were at Ironman Coeur d’Alene in Idaho we took a day venture deep into an ancient forest to find the gigantic cedars. They were spectacular! Last weekend up in the mountains there was a giant poplar on the river in front of the bed and breakfast.

250 - 300 Year Old Giant Poplar

        Big trees have weathered the test of time and somehow I can learn lessons, even from trees. Big trees are strong and steadfast with broad shoulders. They are majestic and awe inspiring in appearance. Although they always appear confident, they are never boastful or arrogant.

      Over the years these ancient trees have shown an amazing consistency. They can handle the extremes of cold winters, hot summers, periods of drought, and the whole panoply nature can throw at them. They are survivors!

       Giant trees are a model of efficiency. All they need to exist is water, air, sunlight, and dirt. They do the best with what they have and become monuments for all of us to admire.

       Trees have a support system. Their roots support them like our families support us. The roots stay with them and help them to be big, strong, and productive.

        The giant poplar outside the bed and breakfast represents many milestones. Over the years it has seen hundreds of weddings, baptisms, anniversaries, and other celebrated occasions. All the while, it stands watch subtly yet powerfully in its presence.

       Lastly, giant trees are the stalwarts in the Cathedral of Nature for us to be awe of, motivated by, and an ongoing source of inspiration.

Like a tree,

David

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