I walked by this downed tree in the woods several months ago. It was a cold day in the middle of winter, when all the trees were bare and there was little green to be seen….hard to imagine right now. It’s rings told a story of a long and (I assume) beautiful life. It was lying there on the forest floor, having been downed for quite some time.
And on that dead, downed tree was growing a beautiful, brightly colored fungus. It stood out brilliantly in the barren woods around it. There it was, in the middle of winter, when all the leaves around it were dead and the forest floor was barren, and that fungus was living and thriving.
That fungus was living and thriving because the tree had died and fallen.
As I looked at that life, I was thinking about how there are times when things have to fall, when things have to be shed, in order to make room and space for new life, for new opportunities. It doesn’t mean that tree, now dead, was meaningless...it’s time had passed, but even in its passing, it was still used to make something new and beautiful.
My dear friends, if there are spaces in your life that need to be shed, I hope you can look at the old and recognize the beauty and meaning in it, even if it’s time to use it to make something new.
I hope you have an amazing week dear friends.
Krista is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She has an online studio with all sorts of different class types!