There’s this tree I pass in Rock Creek on the regular. The tree is living, leaves will grow on it come spring, but it has a deep, deep bend in it. It looks like a rainbow, arching its way toward the water. It’s a beautiful and really fascinating tree to look at.
It’s alive, it has its roots in the soil, and it’s hanging on…...but the trees way of living isn’t sustainable. Maybe not today, maybe not this year, but someday the weight of its own unsustainable curve will bring it down. It can’t live bearing that much weight forever.
There’s a part of me that just wants to prop it up, to find a large branch and wedge it under so the tree doesn’t have to bear so much weight. Turns out, I don’t have access to the proper equipment to prop large trees, so I don’t know how I would do that.
I was thinking about that tree and its parallels to our lives on the regular, but especially in these interesting times we’re living in. People are resilient, people are strong, but there’s only so much pressure people can sustain before breaking.
So, even though I can’t prop that tree up, what can we do to “prop” ourselves up, to take care of ourselves a little more, to perhaps take a little bit of the pressure off and make our curve a little more sustainable. We might not be able to fix that curve, we might not be able to take the pressure away, but I think we can find ways to give ourselves some care, some support even when the pressure is still on.
This week, dear friends, can we care for ourselves a little more? Are there ways we can prop ourselves up, we can give ourselves a little support?
Have a wonderful weekend dear friends. I am so deeply grateful for you.
Krista is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She has an online studio with all sorts of different class types!