There are no two ways about it, I’m a bonsai enthusiast!
Meet Merry, my 5-year-old Japanese Juniper Bonsai. Even though she’s small, she’s a full-size tree. And just like any other tree — even a giant redwood — her root system is critical to her stability.
Requiring a fair amount of time and patience, daily I check her moisture content and move her from window to window insuring that she gets enough sunlight. During transport, it’s like holding a forest in my hands, a privilege when you understand that trees are my non-human heroes.
In the human world, my heroes include people from all walks of life who exude hope—a belief in a positive outcome. Their lives reflect their heart’s desire, combined with active expectation.
My mother was a physically small woman, yet she was the biggest person I’ve ever known. Once she set her cap on something, it was a done deal — an attribute that deeply impressed me. She taught me by example that how we live impacts how we die. She lived a life of courage, beauty, and integrity; she died in the same manner.
Who or what is the smallest BIG person or thing in your life?
NOTE: Tradition holds that three basic virtues are necessary to create a bonsai: shin-zen-bi standing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Understand that a bonsai is not a genetically dwarfed plant and is not kept small by cruelty in any way.
“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.” — Laurie Buchanan
This post was previously published on Tuesdays with Laurie and is republished here with permission from the author.
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Photo credit: Laurie Buchanan