“Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees.
The further sky, the greater length.
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.”
They say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and I thought that this little poem really gives a beautiful representation of why that is.
As warm and bright as the sun is, if you stay in it too long, you can get burned. We all welcome the clouds every once in a while, and the trees and plants celebrate when there is rainfall as they know they are being nourished. Too much rain, and we begin to search out the sun again – and appreciate it so much more when it arrives.
If only we could look at our challenges as the welcome clouds, and the much needed rain to grow. The storms to help make our roots stronger and deeper.
Then, when the sun came out again, how much more glorious it would be.