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Spread your Roots to Weather the Storms

Trees are one of the messengers of Mother Nature, and there are many lessons we can learn from them to live a better life. They teach us to spread our roots and build a foundation. This is necessary to be able to weather the storms that inevitably come our way.

Building a Foundation in Recovery

When you look at a tree the next time, whether it’s a 5 foot tree, a 10 foot tree, 20 foot tree, 100 foot tree, I want you to know that the roots of that tree go down into the Earth as high as that tree goes into the sky. And if you’re wondering that’s really fascinating, guess what? The roots of that tree, when it’s down into the dirt, actually spread up to five times the size of its canopy. The canopy is all the leaves and the branches and everything like that. So when you see a tree that’s really robust and really full on the top just know in order for that tree to be able to stand it has a foundation underneath that is just as wide. Now in recovery, we tell everyone to build a foundation, build a foundation, build a foundation. Why do we say that? Because without the depth of the foundation, without the width of the foundation, when life happens to you it could be enough to break your being, break your spirit, break your soul, and the only way you can withhold and withstand the blind twists and turns of this thing called life is by building your foundation, having roots that are deep into the ground, into the soil of your life, and are wide enough to sustain the various challenges that you will endure. Not ‘may endure’ but that you ‘will endure.’ If you think that you’re going to go through this life without any type of challenges and obstacles that are really going to test the trunk of your tree which is you, you’re lying to yourself. Let kids lie to themselves. Adults don’t do it. Don’t do it. There’s no need to lie to yourself and say you don’t need a foundation, because guess what? For some of you, the foundations that you were gifted growing up might have not been good foundations. Maybe you did not have the ability to fully manifest into who and what you need to be. It’s your responsibility now to build the foundation that you might have never gotten. I know somebody else should have built it for you – Mom or Dad should have helped you build a foundation. They should have set you up for life, but they were trying the best with what they had.

Having Empathy Frees us from Judgment

And lately I’ve been on this kick of telling people, “Whenever you get frustrated with the people in your life about what they did or did not do for you, please practice the following. Take a deep breath, tap into this thing called empathy that we all are capable of doing, and realize that everyone else in this planet Earth is also going through life for the very first time. These moms and dads that are supposed to know it all, they’re going through Earth for the very first time. The only difference they have is sometimes they’re just 20 years ahead of you or 30 years ahead of you or 40 years ahead of you, that’s it. And if you’re someone that’s 20 or 30 or 40 years old now and you look and say you don’t really know much in life, just know that maybe at some point in their life they were the same. And if you can’t really understand that and let go of any type of animosity you hold towards people who didn’t do X Y and Z in your life, then you’re really not tapping into this potential of empathy and how it frees us from judgment towards others.” We’re all going through this thing for the first time. We’re all going to make mistakes. Don’t ever forget that.

How to Weather the Storm for Resiliency

I had this talk with our program participants this morning at 8:30. Around 8:40 I was telling this one. I said, “You have weathered so many storms in your life. You go back from the time you were a kid and think about what you’ve endured, some of the psychological, some of the emotional, and for some of you the physical and the sexual abuse you’ve endured, some of the abandonment, the traumas, the grief and loss, moving, all these things that you’ve gone through in life. Look at what you’ve endured. And guess what? You are still here, whether by choice or by force, listening to me talking. You are still here. You are capable of weathering storms just like trees. You look at those category two, category three, four, five hurricanes, and you look at those tornadoes, natural disasters that just destroy and havoc towns and man-built stuff. But then you see all these trees that somehow survived it. They can weather the storm. Yeah, some of them do break, don’t get me wrong. Maybe they’re old, maybe they’re dry, maybe just their time came, but there’s all these trees that are just still there despite the hurricane, despite the tornado, and you’re still there so that shows we have the same strength to persevere as trees do. Don’t ever forget that, and always remember, whatever storm you are going through in life right now, some of you are going through a storm, could be a financial storm, an emotional storm, a grief and loss storm, an addiction storm, a health storm, you might be going through some storms right now in your life. And in this moment you have the ability to weather that storm. How do I know it? All you have to do is look at your past and answer the following question: Have I weathered other storms in my life? If the answer is yes you will continue to be able to do so. We learned that from trees, we apply it in real life. It’s a beautiful thing.

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Are you in recovery but not making progress? Recovery is not only possible but attainable, and it all begins with reaching out for assistance. By addressing both addiction and mental health issues, individuals can break free from the cycle of despair and embark on a path to a healthier, more fulfilling life. Contact Buckeye Recovery Network today and initiate your journey to recovery and improved mental health. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to guide and support you every step of the way.

Today is going to be the best day of your life.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.