Strong as a pine tree
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Today was one of those days where it is winter for a few minutes and then spring like the next. From my inside view, the outdoors looks inviting, sunny and the green grass is starting to poke through, and the buds forming on the trees. But step outside and it is quickly evident that looks can be deceiving as the cold breeze nips at the nose and fingers.
All around, I hear discouraged comments about the weather. To be ready for spring because then I will be able to... (fill in the blank)
For me, however, I have felt like a heavy amount of responsibility has never lifted from my shoulders and spring only brings more work - outdoors as well as at school. All of last week, I was so tired I barely managed to go to work every day and stay focused on the tasks before me. I am the pine tree that never gets a chance to sleep off winter and recover from the trials of living.
Yet, like the pine tree, my roots are deep. I am strong and I can make it through drought, snow, cold and ice. I am still standing regardless of what is happening in the world around me. I didn't have to call in sick or take extra time off. Best of all, spring and nourishment and sun are all ahead. How do I know? The green blades of grass are peaking through.