About The Thinking Branch
Growing up… there was a tree that lived alongside the same alley that I did. And it had a branch.
It sat just low enough for me to reach, but just high enough to make it fun to climb up into. And the tree it was attached to had leaves that hung down so low to the ground that it created a natural little tent inside which no one could see me.
As a little girl, I loved that tree. That branch was MY branch. It was my “space” where I went simply because I enjoyed alone time… and it also served as a “safe zone” I could retreat to when I felt emotionally overloaded or sad. I have vivid memories of sitting on that branch being introspective, feeling calm and just giving myself time to breathe.
As an adult… I came to realize that I didn’t have a branch anymore. I didn’t have anywhere to go when I needed “me” time to decompress for a second. And even if I did have one… there were too many things to do, too many places to be and too many people that needed me. There would be no time to visit it anyways. And the thought of stopping life SOLELY for the purpose of being introspective… HA!… all I could think about was everything that wouldn’t be getting done while I did that.
A lot of us struggle with that don’t we? We get caught up in the chaos of life that we are moving so fast we don’t stop to check in with ourselves. To recognize the happiness and serenity that lives in a slow speed. To make sure we’re living life in a way that’s fulfilling. To try and find the “purpose” of things happening around us so we can experience it instead of spinning around outside of it. To simply disconnect from reality, and reconnect with ourselves.
But you know what? I’ve found my branch again. It’s this blog.
And you know what else? YOU have a Thinking Branch too. And I hope this community helps you discover where it is… and it inspires you to visit it more often.
A place to go and find perspective at the root of your daily life. To find calm in the chaos so you can listen to your own thoughts, goals and dreams. To honor the passions you have outside of your “roles” in your family and your work life. To remind yourself that it’s not only OK to put yourself first and honor the person that you were born to be … but it’s necessary.
Because when we do that, we not only fill our own cups – but we have enough to overflow the ones of those around us who we love and care for.