What is the fruit by which you are known?

“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”
Saint Basil

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(Photograph: Savannah, Georgia / Julie Cook / 2013)

You may have noticed from a previous post or two how much I love nature….trees in particular….so massive and majestic. I feel embraced by their sheer stature. Living in the South as I do, I’m not a fan of our ubiquitous pine trees–tall sticks with needles–and they seem to exude heat which only compounds the heavy air we breath 4 to 5 months of the year. It is however our gracious oaks that speak to my soul.

I suppose I should one day write a post about trees. How I really love the western birch and Aspen trees with their silvery smooth bark and their leaves flickering in the wind like little muffled chimes— there are the beautiful northern firs that signal that I am “home” in the mountains I dearly love. And yet there is just something about the southern oaks—be it white oak, black oak, red oak or water oak… Stately and yet lazily offering delightful shade and respite from sun or rain.

They, the trees, have always provided us humans so very much–everything from shelter to food. And sadly we have taken them for granted just as we have with most of our natural world…but today is not the day to bemoan our poor stewardship of our natural world but rather a day of thankful reflection–as this is Sunday—a day of rest, a day of worship, a day of thanks and a day of reflection.

As blessed St. Basil reminds us, today, as well as any day, is the day that we should plant in order to reap. And yet we must be mindful of what it is that we plant. We have a lovely colloquial expression here in the South—you get a whole lot more with honey than you do vinegar…..Meaning a kindness usually generates a returned kindness…like for like…and so on…..

So on this beautiful Fall day of reflection, contemplation, rest and joy–consider what it is that you plant–if you are not pleased with the harvest you may need to check your “seed”
Happy Sunday

4 comments on “What is the fruit by which you are known?

  1. Val says:

    Many days in the past few years I’ve felt like the tree that grows in Brooklyn. Beautiful thoughts for tthe day, bless you friend.

    • if you’re a Brooklyn tree that means resilience as well as something beautiful in a desolate place. I hope that the moving is moving along–I just can’t help but think that within the move there is a plan—blessing to you Val—Julie

      • Val says:

        Yes, those things were why I picked the Tree of Heaven, though they aren’t particularly beautiful, they are very invasive, and they don’t live long. Moving happened, now it’s the sorting and unpacking. There is a plan in this, I know it, it’s just not presently clear what it is. Blessings friend.

  2. Jenna Dee says:

    Lovely post. I too love trees and all of nature. My favourite trees are the Japanese Maple and the Cherry Blossom. Love to you from Jenna

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