Motivational Monday - The Mighty Oak

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"Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground."

- Anonymous

There are times in my life when I am overwhelmed with challenges. I've learned that not all of life's challenges turn into opportunities. I'm not alone when it comes to good times and bad. The road of life is not always smooth. It's true, there are many rough days that are caused outside of my control - sometimes, I  make it harder on myself than it needs to be - so I  bend and flex, taking many different turns. 

As I get older, I sometimes forget about the bumps in the road I had to travel, or how many times I stretched myself beyond what seemed normal for the human capacity. How many times did I think to myself, I'm going to get this done, even if it kills me...

Like many people, I was nuts about being ambitious, a risk taker, climbing higher and higher to reach for the stars. I got scrapped and bruised along the way, but I kept going, growing, moaning, groaning, smiling, striving to achieve.

Autumn is here now. I think about the colors of gold, red, yellow, shades of green, and the crisp leaves that have fallen from their branches. The season of Fall reminds me that life is meant to change. November is nearly here, followed by winter. Like magic, one season is over, another one begins. It's like that way with life you know.

Like the mighty oak that stood its ground, it persevered. People came into my world; then disappeared - some remained. Birds made their nests inside the oak's branches, then the mother nodged her babies out of the nest, so that they could move on with their lives. The cycle of life is pretty amazing, when you think about it...

Life is a series of birth, life, and death. We don't like to think about the passing on or the grave dangers that loom ahead. So, like the mighty oak, I keep that nut inside me tucked inside, very much alive, healthy, and strong. From inside that nut flows creativity, hopes and dreams. I will never let go of of my values because they are at the core of who I am. My arms are the branches that keeps stretching out, upward, and reaches up to the sky. This nut hangs on to hopes and dreams.

I think about the mountains I climbed on the Appalachian trails, back in the late 1980's and early 90's, mostly solo. Although risky it was, I had faith. My faith was always strong, especially when it came to my own personal life challenges. People thought I was some kind of nut and warned me not to do it alone - I did it anyways. I found people along the trails of my life - some of who are still friends of mine. It was then that I discovered that it was necessary to keep going, keep moving from one peak to another. I was younger then, but not so different than who I am today.

I find that the farther I go, the more I want to see. The more I see, the more ambitious I am about who I want to be. The funny thing is, I don't worry so much about things that are inconsequential - it's not worth investing my time with worries. Doubts and fears robs me of my imagination. For now, I'll keep doing the things I love. My work is my livelihood. Nature is my balance. People turn up in my life when I need them the most. Family is everything. Life is meant to enjoy. I concentrate on the mighty oak because its branches stirs my imagination.

"Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground."

- Anonymous

© Patricia Feager, October 17, 2011.

 

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Rainmaker
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Than,

I'm glad you enjoyed the quote. The grounds are covered with nuts from the trees - have you noticed? I can't help but wonder if the number of nuts that fall off the trees makes a signficant difference in the type of winter we can expect. My guess is yes!

I hope things are going very well for you!

Patricia

 

Oct 17, 2011 06:33 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Wanda,

I really do appreciate the positive feedback from people like you. I need positive people in my life. There have been others on ActiveRain who have contacted me in private or by phone to say, they liked the content, but.... there was something they didn't like, i.e., a typo or my grammar, so they refused to comment.

I am far from perfect, but I try:)

Oct 17, 2011 06:39 PM #22
Rainmaker
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Dan,

That's a good mantra, especially when the pressure is on... I will remember that and think of you.

Thank you!!!

Patricia

Oct 17, 2011 06:40 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Will, all you can do is persevere. I have a feeling, you're doing just great!

You've always had kind things to say. I will remember that.

Patricia

Oct 17, 2011 06:42 PM #24
Rainmaker
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Sheila,

Thanks you for the suggest. It really means a lot to me, even if it doesn't go any further, it sure does make me feel like I did something meaningful.

I find all of you, who are so kind in your replies to be very meaningful in my life. Thank you!

Patricia

Oct 17, 2011 06:44 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Larry & Sheila,

I love to write. I just wish I had better grammar and didn't make typos. People get annoyed by that and they bring it to my attention. But you're right, the creative juices flow naturally - this is me!

Thanks for appreciating who I am. I'm only human - word warts and all!

Thank you so much. You have been so wonderful to me. I am proud to know you.

Patricia

Oct 17, 2011 06:47 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Helpful Hannah,

You've been very helpful to me. I feel like I've known you for years! You're very approachable and I appreciate you!

Patricia

Oct 17, 2011 06:48 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Judi,

You always know how to say the right things. You're a real people person. The world is better because of people like you. Seattle is lucky to have you - me too!

Patricia

Oct 17, 2011 06:51 PM #28
Rainmaker
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A,

I missed getting to your blog posts - I always look forward to everything you have to say. Forgive me - I've been busy; however, I have thought about the both of you. I wondered how you were doing. I love to read your blog posts - they are always very insightful and enjoyable.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the smells and colors of Autumn.

Patricia

Oct 17, 2011 06:54 PM #29
Rainmaker
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Joni, sisters in the Rain! XOXO

Have a lovely week and keep up the great work getting those properties listed and sold simultaneously! What a woman!

Patricia

Oct 17, 2011 06:56 PM #30
Rainmaker
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Michael & Cheron (love that name),

I can't wait to get to your blog and read your posts! You sound like a lovely couple.

Thank you!

Patricia

Oct 17, 2011 06:57 PM #31
Rainmaker
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Kristin,

I just love that bird and the message - yes! We should all feed the birds!!!

It's so good to hear from you again. I'll be hopping over to your blog shortly.

Thanks for your words of encouragement. You definitely embody the KW culture :)

Patricia

Oct 17, 2011 06:59 PM #32
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janeAnne,

You always know how to make someone feel good. I share your passion for the green earth.

I am very lucky I've gotten to know you because of ActiveRain. I can always count on you for wisdom.

Thank you!

Patricia

Oct 17, 2011 07:02 PM #33
Rainmaker
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Ellen,

You always have been an inspiration to me too. Blog life would not be he same without you. You're a great source of inspiration. I enjoy our talks.

Your a blessing!

Patricia

Oct 17, 2011 07:05 PM #34
Rainmaker
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C&C,

Believe it or not, I'm still searching for that God given talent. Just when I think, I've got something - somebody reminds me that I'm a flawed creature. I just take the high road with my chin pointed up to the sky; then I politely say thank you. But I keep writing - hopefully, someday, I'll get my words right. A grammarian, I'll never be. However, I do have to say, words (even if they are not spelled correctly, or grammatically correct) comes out naturally.

I'm not an English Teacher - but I do love to express myself through my writing.

I feel so close to both of you. Thank you for being there fore me. I enjoy being there for you too!

Patricia

Oct 17, 2011 07:10 PM #35
Rainmaker
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Judith,

Oh boy, I keep stretching my faith. This is part of my daily exercise. It's the only way I know how to live. Aren't you glad we can't feel the weight of our problems in our arms. I know many people carry the burden in their hearts, and their shoulders, but that's not healthy. We have to release that tension and stay strong.

I truly appreciate you. You always give me a rest. I enjoy communicating with you. You continually give me positive energy.

Thank you Judith. 

Oct 17, 2011 07:17 PM #36
Rainmaker
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Myrl,

Congratulations to your daughter and son-in-law's purchase of their new home. I can just imagine how thrilled they must feel to know there are so many oak trees. The trees will bring them many years of enjoyment. Although I don't encourage deliberately putting a knife into a tree, I do think I would be tempted to carve a heart and put my initials in one of those trees, if I was your daughter and son-in-law.

I wish them much happiness in their new home. A hammock between the trees or a tire swing might be fun too! Oh, I just love trees. Climbing trees was one of my childhood passions. The last time I climbed a tree was last April when I visited my daughter in Switzerland. The three of us, my daughter, my son-in-law and me all climbed trees - it was so much fun!

As always, I appreciate hearing from you.

Patricia

Oct 17, 2011 07:25 PM #37
Rainmaker
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Chris,

We should never forget those humble beginnings. Everyone started out small. The next time you see a nut on the ground, please pick it up and think about the mighty oak. That nut that took root persevered through all kinds of weather.

I promise you, the nut will make you feel a whole lot different about where you're going and where you began. Like the nut in the palm of your hand, you will be reminded of all the potential that lies within.

Have a great day.

Patricia 

Oct 17, 2011 07:29 PM #38
Rainmaker
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Patricia .....if I remember correctly they call these scrub oaks? I love the meaning you put behind the photo .....when is your first book signing set up?

Have a great day!

Oct 17, 2011 11:20 PM #39
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Beautifully written, Patricia.  You are certainly one of the most talented writers in the ActiveRain network.  It is always a pleasure to read your posts.

Copy of IMG_5979 Life is good!

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