Bare Tree

Bare Tree

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Bare Tree

My triumph and defeat lies in the way I think about myself and my circumstances.
I compare myself to a tree that has been stripped from its leaves due to the changing seasons and yet it still stands tall and beautiful.

We have all experienced hardships and trials in life. And always we emerged out of it stronger than ever.
Often we feel like giving up. We complain. We blame. We cry.
But just like the bare trees we still stand tall and beautiful.
The human spirit is strong. We all are.

And the only reason we feel defeated is because of our mindset. If we think we can’t then we can’t. If we think failure then we fail. But if we think we can then we CAN. Then we do. It’s that simple.

But we cannot go through life alone with a healthy mindset.
We go through life with God.
He holds us up. He changes lives. He brings us hope, love and peace.
He’s the reason why we still stand tall and beautiful.

So today and everyday we choose to–

Hope instead of despair
Trust instead of worry
Surrender instead of control
Believe instead of doubt
Patience instead of give up
Love instead of hate
Dream instead of fear
Discover instead of wonder
Listen instead of make noise
Create instead of idle

***Sending prayers to the people in U.S. **


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26 Responses

  1. Jessica Sporn

    What a beautiful tree. I love your post. Thank you for your prayers. They are very welcomed.

  2. minnemie

    I like your tree – the words on printed background adds great interest. I also like how your background changes colors – fits well with life’s changes/challenges you talk about in your post.

  3. Helen Campbell

    I totally agree with your comments. We are what we think we are, we can do what we think we can do. It’s all in our perception.
    I love the tree standing tall and beautiful!
    Happy PPF!

  4. JKW

    The tree of life, hope, believe . . . is real and helpful. Very creative and the prayer is well spoken. Sometimes reminders are needed. Blessings, Janet PPF

  5. giggles

    Your tree is so beautiful and inspiring!! I am impressed! Your words are so true, however I have two of those I need to work on!! Happy ppf!! Love your tree this week…I can see it on the front of cards or journals!!

    Happy ppf!

    Hugs Giggles

  6. Lynn Cohen

    Lovely watercolor mixed media piece…lovely sentiment. HPPF !

  7. Tracy

    I love the perspective you’ve given to this tree – as if we are standing at the base and looking up into its great height. And that love is the trunk from which the other things spring. Lovely.

  8. Anne

    Beautiful! Lovely concept and wonderfully executed!

  9. Tracey Fletcher King

    loved this post… actually made a note of some of the points in my diary to act as prompts next week… thanks for the inspiration…xx

  10. Sue

    It is true we are strong and your tree goes well with your sentiments. I like the design of your art work:)

  11. Annette G

    Terrific post and your tree is full of hope and wonder. Happy PPF, Annette x

  12. Linda

    lovely words and paiting… I really like that ‘love’ is centered in the tree :-)

  13. Carolyn Dube

    I love how you did this! The text leaves really spoke to me! So glad you shared this with Fall Fearless and Fly!

  14. carlarey

    What a great painting and terrific message. My teacher would be ecstatic about the way you painted the background.

  15. Marji

    Love your tree and all that it symbolizes. So true, the human spirit is so very strong. Positive mindset does get us through tough times. Thoughts become things. Happy PPF

  16. Mary C. Nasser

    I love the LISTEN and LOVE!!
    So true!

    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  17. Faye

    Lis, what a splendid post! Not only is the painting beautiful, but also the words you have written to go along with it. This is such an upbeat and encouraging entry for PPF.

  18. Caitlyn (ladyphlogiston)

    Beautiful piece. Your post reminds me of the “Expressions of Faith” prayer I’ve read…

    Lord, You have always given
    strength for the coming day;
    and though I am weak,
    today I believe.

    Lord, You have always lightened
    this darkness of mine;
    and though the night is here,
    today I believe.

    There’s more of it, but those two verses are my favorites.

  19. molly

    what a lovely sentiment… and depicted beautifully!

  20. Terri Morse

    Oh, Elisa, this is such a beautiful post. Your artwork represents a tree of life and strength. Your words so perfectly echo my own experience. Thank you for thoughts and your prayers. Hugs, Terri

  21. annie!

    Lovely post. Lovely tree.

  22. Gina Sismilich

    Lovely post – your tree is a wonderful mixed media piece.

  23. Lori

    Inspiring and uplifting words and image.

  24. The Editor

    Wonderful use of colours and very inspirational words. warmest regards

  25. Gloria J Zucaro

    Just beautiful art and inspiring statements. My defeats, …lack of focus…all over the place, constantly starting, hard time finishing!

  26. Linda K

    what a really lovely page you have created along with a heartfelt post. Stated beautifully.Happy PPF and FF &F!

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