Lorna, why are there so many trees on your site?
Hey—I’m glad you asked. I would love to tell you.
For one thing, I love trees. I love their beauty, their peace and their ability to take what comes. No matter the season, whether they are sweltering in the sun or drooping under snow, they remain majestic. They don’t complain or give up. They stay what they are. Trees are a beautiful reminder to stand tall, no matter what life throws at you.
But the real reason I chose trees for my site is what they represent to me in terms of health and wellness. I think that the tree is a lovely metaphor for our lives and the role that our bodies play.
Think of the roots of a tree as representing the six pillars of your individual health. Those pillars are nutrition, fitness, sleep, energy level, organization and life balance. Each pillar is represented by a big root in the ground.
Each of your roots feeds your trunk. Your trunks’ strength is in direct proportion to each of those pillars mentioned above. Each of your roots gives you life blood. This is your wellness. Are you sturdy and strong? Or do your roots lead to a weak and feeble trunk? Is your trunk holding you up for now, but you fear it will topple at any moment?
Your trunk leads to your branches. Those branches are everything in the rest of your life. Your spouse, your children, your parents, your friends, your job, your house, your pet. All your many branches are being held up by the strength of your trunk.
When you see your life as it compares to a tree, it is easy to see how everything is connected. We see how personal care can have a huge impact on the quality of our lives. In today’s busy world, we so frequently put ourselves last. We think that by helping everyone else, we are being a better wife, mom, friend, daughter. It simply isn’t true.
This quote by Mandy Hale says it perfectly: “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself and to make yourself a priority. It’s necessary.”
There is a reason they tell you to put your own oxygen mask on before helping others.
Feed your roots, strengthen your trunk–all your branches will benefit.
Consider the tree that is you, your body and your wellness. Which roots need to be fed? What is one thing you can do this week to strengthen your trunk?
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