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Blog: Clearing Trees, Untangling Problems

February 21, 2013

Posted in: Blog, Pathways, Performance


If there is one thing that I really enjoy, it is clearing trees down by the creek. For me, it’s cathartic. I can work hard; exert myself in a way that I don’t get to during the week at work. And, at the end of the day, I can look back at the area where dead, gnarled timber gave way to open areas that can now allow new growth.

Saturday was a great day. I was able to head down to the creek with my chain saw, pitchfork, heavy gear and start to cut into the mess of twisted, uprooted, and dead wood.

There’s something that happens when you’re clearing trees – sometimes when you cut one limb and pull it out, you drag with it a ton of other branches you never knew were connected to it. All of a sudden with one cut, I can open up an area where before it was dense, overgrown and seemed almost impossible to get through.

Life’s like that.

How many issues in our lives are connected to something else? How many issues, fights, disagreements or disappointments are like those branches all intertwined, yet somehow connected to one central issue? I could cut all day, and only focus on those branches way off, but if I can trace those branches back to the source, I can remove so many more with a simple decision to take it away.

I’m not a psychologist, I’m not a doctor, nor am I a therapist. I’m a guy who likes to clear deadwood from the banks of the creek at the back of my property. But I do believe that many of life’s challenges stem from central issues. Issues like believing in ones self, owning up to your own problems and your own potential. When we trace those seemingly disconnected pain points back to where they started we can start the work there – making a clearing in our lives for new, healthier growth.

Branch by branch I was able to pull entire sections of deadwood out and burn it all away. A new clearing, a new path opened up where before I couldn’t even see it.

The same is true for all of us, if we simply look; trace the thing that is our thorny branch back to the beginning, and then making the decision to act. Things start to look different.




Question: What areas in your life could be traced back to a singular source? Can you make the cut and clear an opening? Maybe you can help someone else lift the dead wood out of their life. Click to comment!

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4 Responses to “Blog: Clearing Trees, Untangling Problems”

  1. Bonnie Lacy says:

    Good stuff, Owen. I like the moment when realization happens and we see the way. Chuckle. The Way.

  2. Gloria Nuttelman says:

    Very well said, thanks for the thought provoking words

    • odb says:

      Thanks Gloria. Once you take the time to trace it back to the core issue, so many of those “branches”, or other issues are resolved.

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