Jack pines… are not lumber trees [and they] won’t win many beauty contests either. But to me this valiant old tree, solitary on its own rocky point, is as beautiful as a living thing can be… In the calligraphy of its shape against the sky is written strength of character and perseverance, survival of wind, drought, cold, heat, disease… In its silence it speaks of wholeness… an integrity that comes from being what you are.
– Douglas Wood from A Hidden Wholeness, by Parker Palmer
Sometimes life is not easy, but this poem reminds me that I am exactly like the Jack pine tree. You are, too! This tree is about as tough as they come with the ability to survive almost anything. Who wouldn’t want “strength of character and perseverance” to be just two of their amazing descriptors?
I know of a few people who would benefit from having a picture of a Jack pine nearby to remind them of how incredible they truly are. I hope the next time you see a Jack pine you marvel at it, smile, and say “Yup, that’s me.”
P.S. Might be a great gift idea!