This is a post I wrote about a year ago but never posted. I want to share it today to show you the spot we were in last year to contrast to where we are today.
Trees have it pretty good. Before they are born, the tiny seed scopes out a good spot; a nice little spot with some distance between him and his future neighbors, but not too far away where he’ll be all by himself. He needs a place that will meet his survival needs, providing plenty of water and sunlight.
Once he begins to sprout and grow, he doesn’t have many worries. With proper sunlight and water, the tree is free to grow and mature. He gets to just sit and soak in the sunlight like a vacationer on a remote beach. All is peaceful in the forest. He is surrounded by friends and family who proudly watch his progress.
Life is good, surrounded by friends and family, the rich sun shining down and feeding his needs, the cool water and rich soil filling his roots with nutrients. He stands tall and relishes his life.
All is wonderful except for one detail. He can never move. His entire life is spent in rooted to that one spot, never having an opportunity to move about and experience the sights and sounds of the world.
I’m feeling a little bit like that tree. My life has been good, and all my needs are met. I have the standard American dream. I am successful by most standards. I have a beautiful house with a big yard and a swimming pool.
Yet, I’m feeling rooted by this house. I’m unable to move about as I’d like. It’s holding me back from experiencing more of this world. Many people happily set their roots in one spot and never leave. They buy a house, raise their kids in that house, and eventually die in that house. They are like the tree, spending their entire life in one spot.
We really do have more freedom than a tree though. We have the ability to move about if we choose to. We voluntarily plant our roots, but we could just as easily move to or visit new places. We don’t need to be tied down; we don’t need to stick our roots in a single location.
We are beginning to uproot. We have plans to do more, to see more, and to experience more. More life, more events, more activities, and more places. I want to be more like those trees in the Lord of the Rings that can pull up their roots and move about whenever they feel like it. We’ve started the process by purging all the extraneous and useless items from our life. We have a little ways to go still, but I have high hopes for a future with more freedom to move about, less encumbered by the roots of a house.
Do you ever feel rooted? What do you do about it?