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When the Palm Tree
in our garden
was uprooted in a storm,
we were devastated.
It had stood so proudly there,
part of our family
and our family life,
for many years.
I borrowed my neighbour's chainsaw
to cut the fallen Palm Tree
into about 20 pieces,
so that I could clear the garden.
A couple of weeks or so later,
when I went to lift the pieces,
I found that they all had sprouted.
Each piece was a new Palm Tree!
I gave all of the pieces away,
(except one, see below)
to friends and family, and indeed
anyone who wanted a Palm Tree!
The Palm Tree had come down
as a sign of what was to come.
For our biggest disappointment or failure
in life, is our 'Palm Tree' moment.
It is the uprooting and dismantling
of what we were, to support
the growing of all the new pieces,
that we are yet to become.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT EXERCISE
1. Where or what was your 'Palm Tree' moment?
2. How has your biggest diasppointment or failure enabled you to grow in new ways?
Day 465 of Des McCabe's Personal Development Exercises
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