I woke this morning thinking about shadow work – the stuff that needs to happen in our lives that is largely hidden away and easy to ignore. I thought about the time I pulled a tiny oak sapling out of a planting bed. It measured less than 4″ tall, but getting it out of the ground took some effort, because there was more than 12″ of thick, heavy root digging deep into the soil below.
Think for a minute about what an acorn has to go through to reach its potential. After maturing on its parent tree, an acorn must fall and end up on soil. It must be saturated with enough moisture and exposed to enough warmth and light to break it. It has to avoid being crushed. Then and only then can the roots begin to grow. Those roots dig ever deeper into the soil, until they have established the firm foundation that will support a tiny sprout that becomes a sapling, that becomes a young tree.
Nature is all the proof we need that before we show visible signs of growth, we have to be broken, dig deep, and do the work.
Never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.