“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” ~ Nelson Henderson
Planting seeds in nature for generations ahead to enjoy is a gift to the future which is priceless…as is sowing seeds of connections, of friendships and of caring. It is The Presents of Presence (my FB page ~ please LIKE if you want to participate) the gifts that being HERE in the NOW gives us all!
I was chatting with a friend yesterday and we were talking about how we are enjoying our ages now because we’re reconnecting with people with whom we haven’t seen in years and finding that age and experiences many times brings out the best in others. We are more open, we are less concerned with how people perceive us and we have lived through experiences which have changed our lives ~ many times for the better!
Funny that both of us have had breast cancer and we now ‘see’ life differently ~ thanks EAngel ~ but it’s not just cancer that unites us nowadays. It’s that most of us are on this journey of endurance and we’ve endured, we’ve learned and we’ve survived…I don’t believe we escape this lifetime without some type of disappointment and it’s what we do in the face of those difficulties which counts, which endures like the trees that we are planting for future generations. It’s the perseverance and the courage which ignites others to believe, to continue to fight and to succeed!
So as you go about your day today…take a moment to thank yourself for all that you’ve endured already and look forward to a bright shiny day ahead!
Happy Friday to you!
P.S. My gratitude to Nelson’s grandson Jason Henderson who kindly told me that it was his own grandfather who said this quote many years ago. I did not know to whom to accredit this quote, but I am happily updating my post! My prayers go out to the Henderson family, Jason, his Dad and his grandfather Nelson. I will keep your family in my prayers.