How a Quirky Tree Helped Me Appreciate the Things I Can’t Change

Kashi Reshkova
ILLUMINATION
Published in
4 min readDec 14, 2020

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Photo by Peter Law on Unsplash

Many years ago, my family and I were walking through the woods in a national park when we came upon a clearing that opened out into a meadow.

The meadow was gloriously beautiful, stretching out before us in a sea of untouched green and dancing wildflowers, framed by the rolling hills beyond. The sky was a perfect crayon blue with cotton ball clouds, and the air smelt sweet and was alive with the sounds of birds somewhere above us.

But right in the middle stood an awkward little tree. It had grown up wonky, with all the branches and leaves heaving over to the left as though someone was blowing at it. Against the backdrop of the otherwise picture-perfect meadow, where you would typically expect a towering, symmetrical tree, it looked out of place.

My sister thought the tree ruined it a little and if only it was moved to the side or removed, the meadow would look so much better.

I thought that was ridiculous because who did we think we were, to think we could tamper with nature to suit our taste? We were blessed enough to be able to wander around and absorb the natural beauty for what it is was.

Besides, it’s shape was also precisely what made it so memorable.

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Kashi Reshkova
ILLUMINATION

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