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#498: The Lesson of the Palm Tree

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A few days ago a neighbor's palm tree crashed to the ground, breaking off about three feet above the ground. At first I thought carpenter ants or termites were the cause. But when I looked at the stump I saw none of them, only the same white/yellowish pulp as on the bottom of the fallen portion.

Today I spoke with a tree specialist who explained that palm trees rot inside and that inner weakness is what causes a palm tree to collapse and die.

That made me wonder about people and how so many seem to have an inner rottenness, a weak inner core filled with hatred. These people do not have a bedrock of morals and ethics to lead them to do what is right and proper. Such an inner weakness does not allow them to relate to others with dignity and respect.

If we were to be able to see inside you, what would we see? A core that is, well, rotten to the core, or one that is solid, filled with love and compassion?

Sure, we all have moments, even days when we do not relate well to people, but over time our inner values become obvious to those with whom we deal day to day.

When you retire to bed tonight, will it be with inner feelings of hope and inspiration, or will it be like my neighbor's palm tree, with a core eaten up by hatred and envy?

The choice is yours, and mine.

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    WOW! Deep thoughts. Awesome blog my friend. Thanks for sharing the journey with us.

    I hope that you're having a sensational weekend. Sorry that I've not been posting to your blogs much lately. I'm backing to spending 5 nights a week sleeping in my van & babysitting the grandchildren during the day along with working so my time on the computer has been severely limited. Bright blessings to you my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon
    3516 days ago
    Thank You Lou! I try to treat people the way I would like to be treated.With kindness.

    Blessings To You, Wendy
    3518 days ago
    What a great blog, Lou!! Your insight is wonderful. I am so glad that I am able to take responsibility for all my choices...right and wrong, but hopefully always morally correct.
    Blessings and hugs,

    3519 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I choose hope & inspiration!

    The Bible says in last time.. people will be without natural affections.
    It seems to be that way.

    3520 days ago
  • CHARMIN944
    I used to work around a few people that seem to have it "all". Seemed so put together. Some of them were backstabbers and always seemed to get ahead of everyone. It used to make me bitter to the point I couldn't sleep.

    When I got saved, I learned that some of those people had real problems and really didn't have peace. That taught me to be more patient and compassionate towards them. It was one of the biggest lesson I learned.
    3520 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Another awesome blog Lou!Your insight never ceases to amaze me.
    In 2006 the man I referred to as "the devil on earth" was coming after me personally and professionally in a legal manner and I began to feel bitterness and hatred toward him. I made an appointment with my pastor and told her that I didn't want to become that type of person - if I did, the devil would win. Through visits with her I was able to re-fill my core with hope and inspiration. Today, with the help of the Lord above and friends like you, my core remains full of hope and inspiration.
    3520 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Yep, I've met a few of those rotten palm trees, too. But many times it seems like the rotten ones remain standing while the good ones collapse and die. emoticon

    Excellent blog, btw! Definitely one of my all time favorites! emoticon
    3520 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8301081
    Great analogy. emoticon
    3520 days ago
    Lou I have to tell ya I love reading your blogs. The insight is awesome. I find one of my worst traits sometimes is envy. I thank god each day for the blessings i've been bestowed but wonder if I'm truy grateful. Something for all to work on at one time or another. We only see the outside of any situation. We don't see the rot that is in a lot of us....we never know what another may be going through to cause such.
    3520 days ago
    I love your absolute dedication to choices, my friend. Taking responsibility for our choices is something that is lacking in our society in a huge way. We DO get to choose. We are NOT prisoners to destructive emotions. We CAN overcome them, replacing them with more responsible thought patterns and actions.
    3520 days ago
    I think people have a little of both inside the core. Working on getting healthier is the key.
    3520 days ago
    Surely one of your best blogs. I think I have known a few people like that palm tree in my life. We are so fortunate to have you on this site reminding us all of the moral standards we would like to live up to.
    3520 days ago
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