Crab Apple Blossoms

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.

Meister Eckhart

During an early walk in the mist this morning I ran into a friend; not literally, visibility was better than that! He lives in Auckland and owns a little seaside house here. He only visits from time to time. I hadn’t seen him for months. He said, “I heard you have to leave the house you’re in.”

“Yes,” I said. “The owners are returning from the Middle East in August next year.”

“That must be sad,” he commiserated.

“I’m grateful. This is already the longest we’ve ever been in one place, including the houses we’ve owned. There is only a twinge of regret because of all the trees I’ve planted and all the work I’ve done to improve the garden. But that’s what I do everywhere we live. I planted a thousand bulbs at our last rental house in Holland. We only lived there for a year and a half.”

Oak Sapling

My friend’s response: “That reminds me of the story of the elderly Taoist who was planting a little oak tree. A neighbour saw him as she passed and said, ‘Old man, do you know you won’t have a chance to see that tree grow?’

‘Yes,’ he replied with a contented smile. ‘I know.’”

Did you plant the crab apple tree that blooms every spring at the end of your lane? Does it matter who planted it? We each get to enjoy the beauty others create. Breathing in. Breathing out. Giving and receiving. It’s all a continuum. So plant a tree if you can. You never know how much joy that one simple act may later give others.

Enjoy this creation.

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