Treetop Perspective

My life has given me hailstorms in the past

I’ll do my best to avoid one in the future

Because they hurt and change my direction

And sometimes take people away that I love

Hailstorms also help bring to the surface

Things about myself I don’t want to see

The crystal beads beating on my walls of safety

Break down the façade I’ve built

and what emerges is more the real me.

And it hurts. Life hurts and it also hums.

Life is fun and playful and brilliantly colorful

Life holds the essence of sunrises and sunsets

Life holds the losses of my deepest hurt

It’s up to me to move the pain in my life

To make way for the new growth of discovery

And creativity and experience and clarity

It’s up to me to trust my nature to survive

While sitting atop the tree in my bird’s eye view

I discover I can see my whole life picture

With more clarity and objectivity

From up here with my eyes closed

Sitting in my nest, it’s not as the victim

But as the observer all the while

Creating the recipe for next steps

And refreshing new objectives.

Considering Resilience

By Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Today I talk to the broccoli sprouts.

I kneel down beside their bed.

You can do it, I tell them.

I don’t mention that every summer

there is a hail storm that will

puncture and tear their leaves,

that bits of their green will litter the soil.

Though the sprouts are less

than half an inch tall,

the leaves already look tough—

like thick four leaf clover.

The hail, though, will be tougher.

Perhaps I don’t want

to tell myself how tough things will get.

Would rather encourage. Would rather play.

Would rather revel in the day’s sun.

But today, there’s no lying to the self—

the inner hail has already come;

my leaves hang in tatters.

All around me, flower petals

are fallen, scattered.

Out of season, widespread wreckage.

There is an inner knowing, though—

one that needs no one else

to encourage it. It knows to grow,

to grow despite the damage, to grow,

because damage. To grow. It knows

to grow, because that is what we are here to do,

our new leaves coming in to support the old,

to support the whole, every bit as vulnerable,

and green, so green.

Participants’ Reflections:

  • A few days ago, I began making a series of soul collage cards. One has a hummingbird on it. I wasn’t able to attend the meditation group yesterday but I felt the group. I was in my car and a hummingbird appeared at my window.

  • Maybe the hummingbird is our totem.

  • I appreciate the reading. I love the word “resilience”. We’ve been resilient through this pandemic, the resilience of this group.

  • I like the image of broccoli sprouts. They are tough. The hailstorm comes around us and we are tough too.