January 16, 2019

The Best Time to Plant a Tree

There is an old Chinese proverb that says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” I remind myself of this every time I start to go down that negative path thinking I should have done something in the past. I used to be very hard on myself for not having acted in ways (i.e. planting that tree) that I now believe would have made my life better. Instead of judging myself, I now move into acceptance and compassion for my past behavior and identify the learning from that time. Then I take that learning and identify the loving actions I can take TODAY to make this the second best time to plant that ‘tree’. It may not look like the same kind of tree. I may not be able to plant that ‘tree’ in the same place, with the same people or in the situation. However I always find a way to take a loving action that makes me feel more joyful and valuable. And it’s always a beautiful ‘tree’!

What trees do you need to plant a second time? Can you make the choice to plant one of those today? Make that choice and notice if you feel more self-worth.