Wisdom From a Walnut Tree

By Kaimlet on 24-12-2017

The relentless rain and powerful winds prove too much for me to resist. I step outside to see God’s work up close. The carport gives me shelter from the storm. A very young walnut tree sways back and forth. The wind is so strong it looks like it will snap or uproot any second. Even when pushed to the limit, it “gives in” to the wind and effortlessly moves with it. The young tree is the product of a much older walnut tree standing tall right beside it. Amongst ferocious winds, the older tree hardly moves at all.

I awake the next morning to the silence. The storm has passed. I step outside to my familiar spot under the carport and I see something that puzzles me. The young walnut tree stands tall while the much older walnut tree lays flat. Its mighty roots plucked from the earth. “How did that happen?” The young, “weaker” tree lives to see another day; while the older, “stronger” tree lives no more.

REFLECTION: The young tree’s strength lies in its flexibility. It’s stronger because it’s weaker. It gives in for no reason. It follows the rhythm of the wind and life. Even when pushed to the limit, it does not fight back. The older tree does not give in at all. It is unable to move with the wind. Therefore, there is resistance. The huge walnut tree with roots running deep proved no match for the storm. Its life is lost because it was unable to give.
During the storms of my life and at all other times, I must be flexible. I must flow naturally with those around me. I must peacefully exist in the moment I am given. Even when pushed to the limit, I should remain calm. “Bend if you must; but don’t break” must be the way of my life.

About The Author

Fr Jose Kaimlet

Fr Jose Kaimlet, is a catholic priest known all over the world mostly for his humanitarian service life and the big collection of thought provoking moral stories, ‘Tonic for the Spirit’. Kaimlet is a committed social worker, who has spent much of his time among the aged and the destitute far and wide. So far he has established many rehabilitation centres and old age homes. Since 2014, he is fully in Tanzania and now building a cancer hospital at Msolwa village in Ujamaa.