How Strong are Your Roots?

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Over the past month, I spent so much time worrying and taking care of others that I forgot the cardinal rule of caring for yourself.  When this epiphany hit me like a ton of bricks, I made the decision to take a step back and practice some self-care.  As I went inward, I kept hearing this voice telling me to go by the water.  I find the water extremely soothing to my soul and it helps me center myself and find inner peace.

I finally decided to listen to my inner voice and sent some messages to friends asking for ideas.  My best friend told me about a bed and breakfast in Tobermory that was owned by a mutual friend’s family.  As per a previous post, I visited Tobermory when I needed to find direction and inner peace in the past.  She sent me the link and I decided to check it out when I got home that night.  As soon as I saw the place online, I knew it was the place I needed to go.  Apparently the Universe agreed because two days prior they had a cancellation and were looking to fill the vacancy.  I booked it right away without a second thought.  The minute I did, I felt a weight lift.  Once I arrived at the location, I felt at peace.  As I sit here I can hear the waves crashing on the rocks below, it is a symphony for my senses.

I decided while here to take advantage of the surroundings and go for a hike.  I set out on the 2 hour hike with my backpack carrying my phone, water, towel, jacket and snacks.  As I was walking my mind was allowed to wander wherever it wanted to go.  It was liberating to be alone with my thoughts in harmony with nature.

As I was walking, I started to notice a lot of damaged trees.  Trees laying along the path that must have been taken out by the storms of the winter.  There was one tree I noticed because it was really large and the roots were visible.  I realized that the roots had rotted which caused the tree to be weakened.  While standing there looking at it, I had this thought…

”No matter how big and strong you seem on the outside, if your roots are not strong and deep, you will be destroyed by storms in your life.”

WHOA!!  If a person is not deeply rooted in who they are, what they stand for and where they are going, they too will be easily uprooted by challenges and will fail.  All the events of the past month started to fall into place for me.  I had been so busy worrying about others that my roots began to weaken.  I shudder to think what may have happened if I didn’t listen to my inner voice and take time for myself.  It’s not being selfish, it’s strong and loving because if you are not taking care of yourself, you will never be able to help others.  You will be dragged down by their stress and weakened to the point of exhaustion.  It’s important that while trying to be there for others, we don’t forget about ourselves.

Stay rooted in who you are so that the strength shines through from the inside as that is your truth. Listen to that inner voice of truth and love and act on what you hear.  Keep your roots strong and you will weather any storm.

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