The following and all of the other episodes to come are snapshots of what goes on in my head, now and in the past. There are times none of this will make sense. There will be times when I might get lucky and the blog I post will be well constructed and will flow like a mountain stream to an awaiting lake below. Other times it will seem like the ramblings of a madman and you’ll ask yourself, “What the……?”
You should probably get use to the latter.
EPISODE FORTY FIVE: Thorns and Acorns
You’ve heard me say this before. Either here in the blog or talking to you and it’s something I believe in my heart and soul…
Life is in the little things.
Books have been written about not sweating the small stuff and it’s been said by greater people than me (most people are) but it’s one of the truest things ever said.
Of course, there are lots of big things in your life that make a difference, weddings, funerals, coming into money, a new job, a loss of a job, a baby, a new house and on and on and on. They can make a huge impact in your life, for good or for bad.
That’s everybody, everyday.
But real life, the things that move us along are all of the little things, like the tiny legs of a caterpillar moving along a tree branch, heading toward a transformation.
Those little things that can be bad or good, like thorns and acorns.
Those pesky thorns happen to us when we least expect it. Pricking us and scratching our skin. Just little things, really. And they usually don’t stick too deep.
But…if you don’t take care of those wounds, they can fester and become sore and bleed and maybe get infected.
Things just got worse.
If you don’t take care of them, they can get bigger. Next thing you know, this little thing, this little cut made from a little thorn, has turned in to something more horrible.
In life it might start as a bad thought about somebody. It will fester. Then you say something bad about somebody out loud. It gets sore and bleeds. Then you get into a verbal fight with somebody. Infection sets in. And it just gets worse from there. There was a time before you could have stopped it in its tracks and now it’s almost completely out of control.
You get the idea. From something small to something big because you didn’t take the time to take care of it. The pain at the beginning was bad but tolerable. At that moment, it could have stopped.
Now, what about those acorns?
Acorns are amazing things. You see one on the ground, a whole one, one that a squirrel hasn’t claimed. You pick it up and hold it to get a really good look at it. You turn it around to see all sides of it. It looks unimpressive. This little seed that comes with its own little beret doesn’t look like much but if you plant it in the ground, give the right amount of water and light and allow it to grow, years from now your children will be able to climb the mighty oak tree it becomes. It will give you shade and fresh oxygen. And it will give a home to the offspring of that squirrel that didn’t eat it.
The good little things in life are like that acorn. Just little things and they may seem unimpressive at the time and take root in your mind and grow into something wonderful and life-giving. It could be an idea or kindness or love.
Maybe that acorn is a thought that brings you a million dollar idea or a career that you’ll be happy doing the rest of your life. Maybe it’s just a kind word from a stranger when you need it the most. And because of that kind word to you, you pass it on to some others who look like they need a kind word of their own.
This goodness can grow like that acorn. It can grow for many years to come. And the tree that grows from the kindness will reach out with its limbs and touch other people.
It’s really nice to think about, isn’t it?
We must all have thorns and acorns in our life. They will come, no matter what. We can just hope we get more seeds than wounds. If we get a thorn, we must dispose of it so it doesn’t hurt anyone else and take care of the wound that it created in us. We must fix it as quickly as possible.
The acorn must be loved and taken care of. It must be nurtured and allowed to grow inside us. Let it take root and grow. And when it has seeds of its own, don’t keep them. Let them fall and allow others to take them. Or better yet, give them away. Even to that pesky squirrel.
These are a lot of flowery words. Well, they are as flowery as I get. But there is a true message here. Heal the wounds from thorns. Nurture and grow the acorn so it can grow into a oak and then give away its seeds.
It’s as simply as that.
The idea for this post came to me the other day when my wife and I took our dog to the park for a walk. It was a beautiful day, a blue sky overhead with wispy white clouds. The humidity was low and the light breeze was life affirming. After we walked a while, we found ourselves under a oak tree. It seemed like a thousand acorns covered the ground underneath it. I looked around and found three acorns that were in perfect condition. I studied them and put them in my pocket to bring home. I placed them on the window seal in the kitchen. I’m not sure why.
I may keep the acorns for a while. Maybe until it gets cold. I might pass them out to some hungry squirrels.
Nov. 18th 2016
I’ve decided to keep a blog about how I’m dealing with depression. I’m going to consider this a form of therapy. It might not help anybody else but it might help me.