Reach For The Light

Reach for the Light Pictures For purposes of beautification, or some other landscapers’ reason, someone planted this tree in a dark corner surrounded by buildings.  This place really is not the most ideal spot for a plant of any kind, as plants do need sunlight to grow.

Fortunately for plants though, they have developed a number of strategies to capture the maximum amount of sunlight through their leaves. As we know from looking at plants on a windowsill, they grow toward the sunlight to be able to generate energy by photosynthesis.

The plants make use of a hormone called auxin to help them in this process of moving towards the light. So needed, as after they use up their limited nutrition of starch and lipids germinating in the soil against the gravitational pull.  They really do need to find another source of energy to keep on growing. This is the process of phototropism.

Look at how amazingly, this tree exhibits that process.  It has elongated its limbs to be able to reach for and obtain the sunlight for its growth.

Now how about us humans?  I think it is just a little bit more complicated for us.  We have a little more than just growing to do.  And we have to do it on so many levels. Physical, emotional, spiritual and with our minds.  The physical part is probably the easiest for us. Our genes dictate for the, short or tall, blue or brown eyes and the like. Add the right food and nutrition , and we grow. The mental, the emotional and the spiritual are a little more complicated.

The mind develops over time and changes as we grow through the stages of life too.  Our emotions affect us all in so many different ways too! Negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, negativity, frustration and depression cause chemical reactions in your body that are very different from the chemicals released when you feel positive emotions such as happy, content, loved, accepted.

Spiritually, you grow in time, over time and through a lot of situations in your life.  It takes a lot of work to know who we are at any given time in our lives. And even more so;  if your life has been impacted in a negative manner of any kind. And yet still, knowing your beliefs will give you a sound basis upon which to build.

Reaching for the light is what this tree that was planted in such an inopportune place does.  And it is my hope that we too as humans can reach for the light in our own lives when a time that is inopportune for us presents itself. An inopportune time can be described as not opportune, inappropriate, inconvenient, untimely or unseasonable, and can be applied to any time and or situation in our lives from birth to death, of ourselves or our loved ones, families and friends.

Watch out for others that are having inopportune times in their lives and trying intentionally to create havoc in your own. Take your chances at going it alone in such cases.

Our bodies have amazing healing abilities within itself. Our bodies have many amazing ways of supporting and protecting ourselves.  Our mind will suppress things and bring them up slowly to help us.  Our body can produce endorphins to help us with pain.

And when those are exhausted, I hope that you are surrounded with like minded persons, and if not at least someone to point you towards the help you need to get you through.

It is my hope that when, the time comes in your life that you, like that tree can find a way to reach way down deep within you to find some kind of way to reach for the light.

 

 Louise

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22 thoughts on “Reach For The Light

  1. Salvatore Buttaci

    Just as the tree in your photo broke free of the darkness and sought the light, each and everyone of us must find a way to do so in our own life growth. Because it is so obvious that this life of ours is finite, I believe we should seek the light that promises the infinite. We ought to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit and pray for faith in God, if we do not already possess it. We need to feed the soul hungry for goodness and friendship with God. Like that tree we can be nourished by the Light.

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  2. Kenneth Weene

    At this, the beginning of spring, it is wise to take the lesson of nature to heart. Let us, like this tree, strive to grow and to live despite the difficulties that surround.

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    1. Louise Malbon-Reddix

      Mr. Sal,

      Thank You for the spiritd reply! That reply is so beautiful and I hope that oyhers can find the LIght within!!

      Louise

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    2. Louise Malbon-Reddix

      Yes, Growth in difficult times can be accomplished. It is a new season for true. We just need to keep reaching!!

      Louise

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  3. Debi Swim

    “Reaching for the light is what this tree that was planted in such an inopportune place does.” This is what I try to do. My’ inopportune place’ is my Thomas complex. I doubt so much so I have decided that faithis a gift and until God enables my faith I will continue to catch all the light he allows me. Thank you so much for this wonderful article.

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    1. Louise Malbon-Reddix

      Ms. Debi, if I may say it, you only need faiththe size of a mustard seed. Jesus’s faith does the rest for you! I am happy to know that you have faith for sure. It does help.
      Keep reaching my sister!!!

      Louise

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  4. John B. Rosenman

    A tree reaching for light and each and every one of us reaching for inspiration . . . truly it is a profound metaphor which unites both of us. I’m not sure that for plants and trees it is not somewhat of a spiritual struggle. For human beings, it is often a spiritual struggle in addition to a physical one. I have known Christians and people of faith who have told me that though they are Believers, their work and quest is not done or completed just because they are Saved. Thank you for this inspiring and insightful article.

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    1. Louise Malbon-Reddix

      John, it is true, it is not done, just because you are saved. Issues of life are continuous. reaching for the light will help us to get through them all!!!
      Thank You for the reply, grateful!

      Louise

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  5. Micki Peluso

    Lousie, what a wonderful analogy, one that will stick in my mind for good, I hope. I also loved Sal’s comment and John’s and am pleased to agree with all of you that as creations of a higher power, it’s up to us to make the effort to reach for that light and not expect it to come around the corner to get us–as some of us are often wont to do. After many months of feeling as if I was forever in darkness from surgical errors, Louise, this has further reminded me that I must do more reaching and less waiting

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    1. Louise Malbon-Reddix

      Micki, you are such a Dear! Never forget that it is alright to give out some times, as we are only human!!1 And when something happens to the body, the soul for sure is affected. But never ever give up, please. Happy that you found encouragement!! Keep reaching!!!
      Be Blessed my Sister!!!
      Louise

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    1. Louise Malbon-Reddix

      Ms. Martah,

      You gave me my AWWW for the day!!! So happy that this has helped you. You are all my dear friends now, I hope you know, and I so thank you for the comment too!!!
      Let us all keep reaching!!

      Louise

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  6. Anne Sweazy-Kulju

    Are you talking to me, Louise? Boy, it sure feels like it. Your attitude rocks, girl. I developed a great (similar) attitude in spite of my disabilities, and I do believe it is why I do so well (and consistently surprise and shock my surgeons). I did a good deal of praying on the subject, believe me. This is what I came away with, and it has served me well: spending any amount of time feeling sorry for ourselves is wasted time we can never get back. Pardon the cliche, but life is too short for pining and whining. Instead, we should reach for something; wake each morning with a goal in mind and a plan to obtain it. That will soon take over your life. Soon it is, “pain? What pain?”. If you’re like me and find your catharsis in writing (lucky us, right?), you might even accomplish that goal and write a novel, or two…or four!

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    1. Louise Malbon-Reddix

      Ms. Anne, You have encouraged my soul!!! Thank Yo so much!!1 Yes, writing, it helps me for true!!! Thank You now for the encouragement!!

      Louise

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    1. Louise Malbon-Reddix

      Ms. Cynthia, You are so precious!!! Thank you publicly now for all of the sweetness that you send when you post my blurbs. Each one!!! I want you to know that is so nice. And yes, sometimes you do have to go deep within

      Louise

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  7. Rosemary "Mamie" Adkins

    Louise,

    WOW! You have managed to pull all of us into the same agreement for the meaning here and reaching for the light. A powerful message for us to share. With my own struggle to overcome the effects of child abuse, I found my way partially as a child growing up and it was due to reaching for the light which I saw as God and or goodness. Later in life-much later it was again part of my healing process-as though reaching for that hope.

    Thank You for sharing.

    Mamie

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    1. Louise Malbon-Reddix

      Mamie,

      How precious! I will tell you I hurt everytime I hear about the abuse, but I am happy that you have found the light to keep overcoming it. I know that even though you do overcome, there are times when those little niggling doubts and thoughts come, but reaching for the light for sure will help us to overcome them.

      Thank you for the response!!

      Louise

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  8. Linda Hales

    Thanks to your insight Louise, I’m now beginning to understand why the tree is so often referred to as the ‘tree of life’ and it’s many ways of demonstrating life lessons for us. Just as the tree reaches for the light, so do we and for those who are seemingly unable or unwilling to, be careful because the light just might catch YOU.

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    1. Louise Malbon-Reddix

      Linda,

      I too was very touched when I saw that tree limb was so elongated and reaching as it were for the light through the buildings. I took it while at work one day!!! It impressed me. I so love how you say the Tree of life too!! Thank you for sharing that thought!!

      I am grateful for the light!!!
      Thanks for the reply!!!
      Louise

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