We recently had our property fumigated in hopes to save the trees infested by pine beetles. For years they have gone undetected. They remain below the bark, secretly eating away at the healthy part of the timber. Once they devour a tree that they have inhabited, they fly to the next tree to continue the cycle. Unfortunately, weeks later, we needed to cut down eight of our trees.
It’s not always easy to catch what is below the surface in our lives. Often times, we don’t see the problem or we choose to ignore it.
I tend to be an all-or-nothing person. Also, an optimist and an idealist. These don’t bode well for the slow-gnawing issues of life. I don’t like to address them. Or when I have to, I go “all-bad” as my husband reminds me. With this approach, I am tempted to skip the “fumigation” process and jump right to the extreme, tree-cutting stage.
The good news is, and I’m still learning this, that life isn’t black and white. Unlike the tree, for us, life is fluid. This is freeing, if I apply it!