Prepared for the Storm

“We must begin our search for meaning when things are going well. A tree with strong roots can withstand the most violent storm, but the tree can’t grow roots just as the storm appears on the horizon.”

Dr Howard Cutler: “The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living” (which was co-written by the Dalai Lama.)

By the way, I really struggled to find an image to accompany this quote. While this Australian Gum Tree, depicted by Sir Hans Heysen appears very stable with exceptionally strong roots, being honest, gum trees are renowned for falling over in storms and causing quite a lot of damage. So while there’s some incongruity here, I hope you’ll just appreciate the image until I can find something more appropriate.

xx Rowena

5 thoughts on “Prepared for the Storm

  1. roweeee Post author

    Thanks, Kath. We actually visited Hans Heysen’s house in Hahndorf 2 years ago. You’d love it there and the Hahndorf region. My Great Great Grandfather was the local blacksmith and Hans Heysen sketched him and also brought Lionel Lindsay and Sydney Ure Smith in who also did sketches of the place. It was interesting because the family only knew of Heysen’s sketch and I stumbled across the others. I was so proud. However, my mum remembers visiting what’s known as Haebich’s Cottage as a kid, and it was dirty and a bit rundown. I don’t think she’s been there since it was restored.
    Obviously, I loved that quote with the imagery of the tree. Hope you’re al having a great week xx Ro

  2. Minuscule Moments

    Wow thats cool. My hubs was a blacksmith (industrial) before finding his passion working with calves. We are off to Canberra as the kids have their camp and we want to be near by just in case son does not cope with the sleep over. All good, have a great week

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