Monday, September 3, 2018

It is All a Matter of Roots

I'm not much of a gardener.  In fact, I know very little about gardening but I do know that it is wonderful therapy for many people.  I don't understand gardening, yet I have learned a valuable lesson from a tree. 

Years ago, we lived on a large acreage and over the course of any summer, trees seemed to spring up out of nowhere.  It was as if they had some special magic like the seeds in the story, Jack and the Beanstalk.  In a matter of weeks, these alders would grow tall and if we didn't get rid of them, they would easily take over the road.

It was not difficult to eliminate them as they had a meager root system.  The tree could be several feet high with roots that were only a few inches deep.  If you leaned on them they would uproot.

Real Trees 'Know'

What I did not understand was why some trees took so long to grow and these grew so quickly. I asked an avid gardener friend and her response was, "Real trees know better than to go up until their roots have gone down.  Trees that last," she said, "have as many roots underground as they have branches above."

BAM!  That hit me hard.  It rang true when thinking about life and what matters.  I applied this concept when I share on optimum health.

I have been a health coach for over 35 years and have used the same line of products for my clients all that time. Over the years, I have been offered various 'opportunities.'  "You can get in on the ground floor and make a fortune."  "This is new and improved."  Of course, there was little research to back up their claims and almost no science!  I have been pressured, encouraged, wined and dined. I refused.  I have watched friends invest and lose.  I have watched product lines rise and fall.  I have stayed true to what I know has substance instead of fluff.  Proof instead of empty promises.

When my doctor gave me a death sentence without hope,  I had to find my own cure.  The only 'cure' my doctor could give was hysterectomy.  This was not an option as I knew I was going to be a mom!  That was decades ago and not only do I have a daughter but grandkids as well.  I use the same products for my clients and have seen hundreds of lives saved and people realizing optimum health instead of merely survival.

It's a matter of roots

I guess it depends on what you want to produce.  It takes forty years to grow an oak tree.  But, you can grow a large pumpkin in three months. The difference?  One has substance and the fiber is tough. The other is big - and full of nothing.

Time for your health today gives you 
health for your time tomorrow

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