I was coaching at a park yesterday, and the guy I coach with, accidentally shot a ball 30-40 yards into a pine tree. He had to leave early to get to his own training, which left me, rekindling my childhood days, searching for one of my precious soccer balls. I did a perimeter check, and then laced up the cleats nice and tight, and did my best lumberjack climb mid way up the tree. One would think, white ball, and green tree, easy to find, right? Nope, definitely not. Thirty minutes later, sap filled hands, a few scrapes, and still no ball. On the day, the pine tree won, but I did have fun, felt like a little kid, careless, innocent, and climbing to the edge. Oh those were the days, just monkeying around.
“Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who decided to stand their ground.”
"Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter."
"The oak is the mightiest of trees, the oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance and has been chosen as the national tree of many countries. In November 2004, Congress passed legislation designating the oak as America's Nation Tree.
Other countries have also designated the oak as their national tree including England, Estonia, France, Germany, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the United States, Basque Country, Wales, Bulgaria and Serbia."