Pine trees’ branches are pretty resilient. They bounce back amazingly well after the winter. But you still wonder, looking at them, if this is the season they will snap.
When there is already snow and a blizzard blows in, you think about the additional weight on branches that are already drooping.
When spring arrives and there’s a blizzard, you think about how the soft, new pine needles (who were enjoying the warm sun) will deal with being encased in ice crystals.
We have a lot of little sayings about how awful it is to have something bad happen when things are already bad.
Kick you when you’re down
Rub salt in the wound
Add insult to injury
I guess you could say: When bad things have bad timing
But can we say: When bad things have good timing
I mean, what about when we’re happy? Healthy?
Is that when we’d prefer bad things to happen to us? Maybe we think we can manage easier if we’re not already distressed.
I get that. I do.
If we’re beaten down, we don’t have our footing never mind a good stance to do battle.
But, honestly, when things are going well, it’s still incredibly difficult. Just in a different way.
When you’re flying high, the fall is a lot longer and you hit the ground with a hell of a lot more force.
Just pondering the pine trees…
My random thoughts in (slightly over) 200 words.
When bad things come your way, it doesn’t really matter if you’ve got your face planted in the dirt or you’re feelin’ groovy. The thing is to take care of yourself. Be well, my friends.