There was no fight.
The tree did not claim this spot as his.
The fence did not claim this spot as his.
They may have struggled,
A little, at first,
But then they let go.
They found common ground.
They grew together,
Around and with each other.
They decided together was better,
They knew there was a plan,
They just had to trust it.
My heart is heavy with the sadness in our world today. From teen boys sharing photos of sexual assaults via email to bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, to the many things going on in other parts of our world. When I loaded the pictures from a family hike on Sunday onto the computer, I found these of a fence and a tree. The tree has completely embraced the fence. Who came first wasn't a concern. Who this spot belongs to wasn't a concern. A tree and a fence are different, and that wasn't a concern. Instead differences were embraced. Common ground was found and they grew, together. Mother Nature has so many lessons for us, and this one we need to hear loud and clear.
We need to accept that we are all different. That we are traveling different paths. That we have different beliefs. And we need that to be okay. We need to treat each other with respect, we don't need to be friends, we don't even need to like each other, but we do need to appreciate that we are all human beings and accept each other, flaws and all.
My thoughts and prayers are with those in Boston, but also with our world. May the light shine through all the darkness we are experiencing and hope keep us reaching to make this world a better place for all of us to live in.