The dictionary describes ‘flexibility’ as “the trait of being easily persuaded.” A tree is greatly persuaded by the wind to bend – even when the tree has no intention of being flexibile. After all, a tree’s intention is to be solid and strong – Right? Yet, an invisible force persuades it to bend. If the tree resists in an effort to hold onto the value of it’s impenetrable strength, it is either uprooted or enters a battle with the wind that results in limb loss and destruction – maybe even death!
We have all been told of the hero who fights to his/her death for a cause greater than themselves. But, what about fighting to the death in a contrary resistance to a greater power? Can the obstinate tantrum of the tree to hold onto it’s image of strength really justify it’s own death?
Or, could the tree see that the wind acts like the artist’s chisel that is guided by an omniscient muse? If the tree insists on being unyielding, the result is destruction or a complacence to it’s narrow view of itself as strong and impenetrable. Can we take a lesson from this tree metaphor and allow ourselves to be weak and penetrable for the sake of being transformed by a force greater than our own?
Change is difficult. But, if night insisted on denying daylight’s awakening, sleep would no longer be a harbor to rest; but a nightmare from which we would never wake!