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A Message of Encouragement

Updated on October 4, 2008

"The Oak Tree"

A mighty wind blew all night and day.

It stole the oak tree's leaves, snapped its branches and pulled its bark;

until the oak was tired and bare.

But still the oak tree held its ground

while other trees fell to the wind.

The weary wind gave up and spoke to the tree, "How can you still be standing, Oak?"

The oak tree said, "I know that you can break each of my branches in two, carry each leaf away, shake my limbs, and make me sway.

But I have roots stretched in the earth, growing stronger since my birth.

You'll never touch them, for they are the deepest part of me. Until today I wasn't sure of how much I could endure.

But now I've found out, with help and thanks to you, I am stronger than I ever knew."


Try to remember that you are stronger than any problem you encounter or any disappointment life will bring.

May your roots be deep.


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