THE ART OF BENDING WITHOUT BREAKING

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I have an orange tree in my yard.

It’s a lesson in life to behold.

I watch the miracle of blossoms

give birth to oranges.

And then I watch the oranges

grow larger and larger,

heavier and heavier,

causing the branches to bend

under the increasing weight.

Storms come and the winds blow,

the boughs swing and sway,

the boughs bend and bounce,

but the boughs do not break.

Those tiny branches have been created

to somehow have enough strength

to withstand the storms that come

and the weight of the oranges

and make it through to face another day.

What a profound lesson the orange tree teaches.

When we have burdens that weigh us down,

and the storms of life come,

remember,

we have been given enough strength

to bend but not break,

and be blessed to face another day.

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