Last year I took a walk down this amazing man made path in a little “secret area” called Mitchell’s Glen in Green Lake County, WI. This glen was a place local Native Americans would visit in the summer (back in the 1800s and earlier), to reach a beautiful spring and plants that only grow in the unique micro-climate that establishes itself here.
On that morning walk, we came across the trunk of this large white oak that had fallen, probably days before, right across the boardwalk. I got to know the person who built this boardwalk really well (and consider him a true and treasured friend.) I’ve learned the care he brings to his work, and his respect for all things living or dead, so that others can walk along this path and experience the creek, the glen and this little sacred space in nature.
But that fallen tree trunk, that log in our path that very vivid spring day, seemed to symbolize so much more… like…
- The strength in Nature
- The cycle of life
- The obstacles in our (life) paths
- That maybe removing the large obstacles in our way can take more than 1 person
- That we never know when it’s our time to fall/go – nature will have its way
- That sometimes we can just walk right over some obstacles to get to our destination, but the obstacle will still be there when we look back
- That nature can be incredible, forceful, beautiful, sad, and destructive all at once
- That we should take pause in our own glen and take it all in, seeing both obstacles and beauty at once, for what they are and for what they may not be.
That log in our path turned out to be anything but a log.