“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction."
~ Cynthia Occelli
While walking I noticed a tree, off the trail and inaccessible. It had fallen, perhaps in the winds last month, perhaps last year, perhaps last week. Cut off from its roots, it came to rest, suspended.
I moved an ivy plant the other day, in my home, with care. Last year when I picked it up, I broke a vine, the greater portion of the plant cut off and fallen to the floor. How long did it take the leaves to know the roots were there no longer? How long did it take my plant to grow fresh new leaves and vines?
Perhaps it wasn't a tree at all, fallen in the forest. Perhaps it was a branch masquerading as a tree. Perhaps the real tree thrives, hidden from my view, preparing for the Spring.