—Hope Jahren, Lab Girl
A seed knows how to wait.
A cherry tree will wait for a hundred years.
A lotus seed may wait a thousand years
for a chance to become a tree.
that will never come,
to shed their hard coats
and take root.*
of our own hardness,
to discover the patience of trees
someone believed in us, nourished us.
So whatever keeps us tethered to obstacles,
let go, focus, begin again,
of inner transcendence,
so powerful that they call upon us
to redirect the course of our lives:
to ascend the holy ladder,