Have you had the desire to isolate yourself recently? As conflicts arise in the workplace and remain unresolved, we may become convinced that we could work better alone.
At times, we may also become convinced that we do not need others in our lives. The following story demonstrates why the exact opposite is true.
A boy was extended an invitation to visit his uncle who was a lumberjack up in the Northwest… His uncle met him at the depot. As the two pursued their way to the lumber camp, the boy was impressed by the enormous size of the trees on every hand.
There was a gigantic tree, which he observed standing all alone on top of a small hill. The boy, full of awe, called out excitedly, “Uncle George, look at that big tree! It will make a lot of good lumber, won’t it?”
Uncle George slowly shook his head, then replied, “No, son, that tree will not make a lot of good lumber. It might make a lot of lumber, but not a lot of good lumber.
When a tree grows off by itself, too many branches grow on it. Those branches produce knots when the tree is cut into lumber.
The best lumber comes when they grow together in groves.
The trees also grow taller and straighter when they grow together.” It is so with people. We become better individuals, more useful timber, when we grow together.
It takes more than one tree to make a forest. When there is a storm, the surrounding trees share the punishing winds, rains, and snow, sometimes affording protection to the trees in the middle.
Such is the case with the people with whom we work and live. Their presence can help us grow tall and strong as we grow personally and spiritually.
While there is beauty in the many branches that a solitary tree may spawn, the knotholes may weaken the fiber of the tree just as isolating ourselves from others may weaken us.
Affirmation for the Week:
“I stand tall and strong, secure in the knowledge that the presence of other trees around me makes me even stronger.”
Have a week of seeing the forest AND the trees!
Mary “Motivator” Rau-Foster