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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:40 pm    Post subject: Willow Tree Angels Reply with quote

Some people expect sunshine and roses all the time. Life is not a bowl of cherries. It throws you the pits sometimes, too. But the pits are seeds, and, if tended and cared for, can grow into beautiful trees. It is all a matter of how you react to the bad stuff in life. Whether the pit shrivels and dries up, or flourishes into something magnificent is up to the person on the receiving end of said pit. I have been thrown many a pit in my life, and sometimes I have not tended them well, and yet, others have flourished.

One day while working as an employment specialist a couple years ago, I came across a seemingly stupid interview question: “If you were a tree, what kind would you be?“ Believe it or not, interviewers actually ask this question, not because they want to know what kind of tree you will be, but rather, if you are a team player and whether you will be a “fit“ for the company culture.

The kind of tree I would be is a Willow. Forget the weeping part. I cry, yes, but the Willow tree is not a sad tree to me. It is a beautiful tree, with a multitude of layers and uses. When I was a little girl, I visited my Grandma Cullen in Wisconsin. I was about eight years old at the time. She had a willow tree in her front yard and I remember swinging on the branches of the willow. I had such fun weaving through the hair-like branches...a benevolent Medusa, if there is such a thing. (The name Medusa actually means “guardian protectress“ in Greek, and I always felt safe among the branches of the willow.)

So the question remains, why would I be a willow tree?

1. A willow tree is strong, resilient, able to withstand turmoil.

2. A willow tree can be used as a safe haven, the branches shelter everything within from the elements.

3. It is a fun tree, a place people can come to enjoy...whether it is a picnic under its branches or a child swinging on them.

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