Burned Forest Rejuvenating
SMORE, established in 2007, is an acronym for – Single Moms :: Overjoyed, Rejuvenated and Empowered. That is my goal for the single mothers with whom I work.
Today I’m thinking about rejuvenation. Rejuvenated means to make fresh or young again. I used to teach word sources and this is one I like. It says re – meaning to do again. It then adds juv – meaning young. It can also mean to restore, give new energy. Wouldn’t we all like to have new energy?
Do you think it might be great to feel that feeling of youth again? I sure do.
I like observing examples in nature. We recently visited Glacier National Park in Montana where they had a huge forest fire in 2006 called the Red Eagle Fire. Forest fires are a naturally recurring part of the forest life cycle. It’s that cycle of life thing again. However, it is scary and leaves lots of damage in its wake.
So here is the allegory.
Our life cycles include difficult if not damaging events. We may even feel as though our lives are all but destroyed. Have you been through something that caused you to feel as if your future hopes and dreams were completely demolished?
Do you see the new green growth in the picture of the forest above? In just a matter of a few years new trees are replacing the burned ones. Amazingly the black seeds from the pinecones were camouflaged by the soot so the birds and animals didn’t eat them. They germinated and grew. A young new forest is being rebirthed-rejuvenated.
If you are facing a time when your life seems hopeless, you are hurt and have lost sight of a dream consider the rejuvenation that takes place in nature every season.
You will find that your life will renew and grow. It may be different. It could be better.
I raised three children as a single mother before I remarried. I have experienced the potholes, pests, and perils of being the single head-of-household. As an educator in regular and special education for twenty years I know a great deal about child development and how to handle kids. I am the founder of SMORE for Women, a nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. I’m also a Certified Professional Coach and my stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on CreateSpace, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble online.