What Kind of Tree are You?

I had a professor, one very near and dear to my heart, ask us this question in class last quarter.  “If you were a tree, what kind would you be and why?”

That is an interesting question, and one that I have never thought about.   I would like to think of myself as some really extraordinary, cool tree.  Something like a glorious, majestic cedar tree that smells like winter, or even an evergreen—Christmas trees make families happy and in the spirit of giving—but the truth is, I am neither of those; nor am I any other spectacular tree constantly bringing joy to others.  I think I relate to a persimmon tree.

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You may be thinking, huh, a persimmon tree.  I know—odd tree to choose.  However, when I think about it, a persimmon tree is very much my “spirit tree”.  The tree grows up to produce fruit.  This fruit that it produces has a prime season when it is ripe and delicious (if you like persimmons).  However, when the fruit is not ripe, it leaves a very astringent aftertaste.

Just like the persimmon tree, I have grown up to “blossom” into my intelligence, wisdom (kind of), and experience.  I have produced fruit—both good and bad.  My fruit is my characteristics.  I have good ones, but I have some bad ones too.  Just like the unripe persimmon, I can be very bitter and negative, making others think I am “astringent”.  On the other hand, and hopefully more times than none, I would like to think I produce the good fruit—the ripe fruit—the fruit that is sweet, sensitive, and refreshing—a positive fruit.

I think we all have times that we are proud of and times that we are not.  I will strive my hardest to produce more “good fruit” than bad that way my tree will survive and be successful.

Matthew 7:16 says, “You will recognize them by their fruits.  Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes  or figs from thistles?”  

So, think about it.  What kind of tree are you?  What are some things you could change to better yourself?  How can you inspire others and yourself to be the “good” fruit?

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Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

 

Resources:
Bible NLT, Translation TNL, Translation NL.  The Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers; July 1, 1997.

 

Why Live Better?

Hey, everyone!  It is a new year, and I am doing something that I have wanted to do for a long time–create a wellness blog!!   I strongly believe in living life to the fullest–this includes not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well.  Having said that, this blog will include anything from weekly nutrition challenges to fitness tips all the way to spiritual inspiration.  I will be using my knowledge as a Nutrition & Dietetics student to create new recipes once a month to post for you all to see and try!  I would love to read your comments as well.

Let’s begin the first official “post” with something uplifting–something that can encourage all the aspects of wellness: physical, mental, and spiritual.

“A cheerful heart is GOOD MEDICINE,  but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”

-Proverbs 17:22 New Living Translation

What does this mean to you?  

When I think about a cheerful heart, I think about things that make one happy.  Happiness is in the eye of the beholder, so many people have told me.  To me, this verse says that we need to have a happy, cheerful heart in order to live the way God wants us to live.  God does not want us to be miserable with a “broken spirit”, so He calls us to take care of our bodies.

We know from research that exercising releases endorphins which are the “happy” hormones.  These hormones are our natural pain killers.  If having a cheerful heart is good medicine, then we should be making our hearts cheerful by getting out and moving at least 30 minutes a day, whether it be for a walk, jog, workout, group fitness class, or sport.  Physical activity not only helps your body physically, but mentally as well.  Have you ever been stressed to the max and did not know how to be happy again?  Exercise can calm down your nerves resulting in a happier and healthier you!  A key aspect in fitness is finding what you enjoy doing.  If you do something you like, then you are more likely to keep doing it.

Do something for you today that can hit all three of these elements: physical, mental, and spiritual.  If times get tough, think about this verse and know that God can help you strengthen all areas of wellness.

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References:

Bible NLT, Translation TNL, Translation NL.  The Holy Bible: New Living Translation.  Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers; July 1, 1997.