The Palm tree in the Storm
We can learn a lot from observing the palm tree when it's in the midst of a storm.
And I think we can all benefit from being like the Palm tree.
Throughout life, we all face some version of a storm. It may come to us as relationship or family issues. It could present itself as problems at work. The storm could also blow into our life as health or financial concerns.
It’s not so much a matter of if or when the storm will occur, but of if we will survive without too much damage.
Unlike other trees, Palm trees are flexible and able to bend without snapping.
So when the strongest of winds from the most brutal of storms are beating down, it is the Palm tree that will bend in the storm but not snap.
It is the Palm tree that will, after the winds and rains have passed, be able to stand back up again. And the storm actually strengthens the roots of the Palm tree, preparing it to withstand whatever other storms may bring.
Sometimes things can happen in life that have a way of knocking us off centre or even risk breaking us; and if these things go un-checked they can leave an imprint on us which can affect us for the rest of our lives.
But it doesn't have to be this way.
By taking time to consider our experiences, and think about how they are/or have shaped our thoughts and feelings and responses to situations, we can become empowered to take control of our lives and begin to shape ourselves into the person we want to be - and to live the kind of life we want to live.
And this can help us to have stronger roots for when another storm comes our way, to help us to withstand the storm without breaking.
Just like the Palm tree.