But in the end we have here a tree that has endured all the hardship that the forest and river have thrown at it, and has endured. A tree that has character. One that got my attention in the midst of a company of straight and tall candidates for power poles.
I really like this tree. Because in spite of being broken, burdened and undermined, it is beautiful Of all the alders around my camp, that is the one I would choose to have planted in my yard.
I am sure you have known someone who is very much like this tree. They may have suffered tragedy in their lives, may be burdened with a heavy load, may have experienced the storms of life. But in spite of all that, they stand strong. Every time they get knocked down they get back up again. No complaints. No pity parties. No sulking. Just continuing to grow and make the most of all that comes along.
I don't know about you, but that is the kind of person I want to have in my life, showing me the way. And it is the kind of person I want to be.