Happy Birthday to Me

I just had to share this awesome story about aging from one of my favorite holistic health people, Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D. She is an author, lecturer, consultant, Founder and CEO of The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. I hope you like it as much as I do:


I'm an old tree and I'm okay with it. Photo credit: http://www.catpaisatge.net.

"When I was about 37 or 38, and beginning to feel 'older', I was walking one day with my daughter through Central Park. All the while I was whining and complaining to myself about minor creaks and aches I thought I had, about getting older, uglier, perhaps sicker, about how I wasn't like I used to be. At one point I looked up, and saw a large, beautiful, old tree. As I admired it, I distinctly 'felt' or 'heard' some communication coming from the tree to me. This is what it said: 'Come over here. You are admiring me now. Look at my wide branches, there is plenty of room for birds to play, to put their nests here. I give lots of shade to heat-weary travelers I add oxygen to the air, even protect you from the wind if necessary. I am useful -- but I am old. My branches are gnarled, my bark is full of holes and pieces have fallen off. I look wrinkled, not pretty. You want pretty, you want smooth? Look around, there are the young ones, smooth and pretty - but they're good for nothing right now. There is not enough room yet in their branches for the birds, they barely make some shade. What counts is function -- how you're doing, what you're doing for others -- not form. Remember that.'"!

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