Silhouette of Peace — What They See

Squinting through the hurried exhaust of thousands of eco-wreckers, if you glance amongst the seemingly endless sea of concrete and the sunset hits the hills just right, it might catch your eye.  Approaching downtown Fort Worth from Dallas, on the arthritic tree at the top of a nameless, insignificant hill on the right, you will find the tree decorated for the season with ornaments, glass balls, multicolored  garland and a barrage of other celebratory paraphernalia.

At the base of the tree is a bench to rest a weary traveler.  By car, the only access would be to park on the shoulder of the busy interstate and hike up the hill.  Most hands on visits are from the homeless wanderers through the woods, overnight campers and vagrants passing between the cities along the highway.

The tree has been decorated for years and serves as an inspiration to travelers on foot, as well as passing vehicles.  While its true significance or purpose is purely speculation, the fact remains that perceptions are real and the good served needn’t be our intention.  The selfless investment that lends hope to the world, the unattached maintenance of something precious serves as a beacon to the weary spirit.  The reminder of something calm and reflective positioned in the middle of chaos and mindless bustling.  The beauty mark on an otherwise forgettable face lost in a crowd of look-alikes.  The goodwill and uplifting landmark represents a break in the madness of repetition and progress.  A place where each occasion is ushered in without attachment or benefit to the purveyor.

It reminds us to invest in what we can’t and don’t own and to care about and help with what we can’t control.  The fact is regardless of how much effort and love we pour into the mix it yields absolutely no interest or growth in our investment.  Merely being content to have administered goodwill and a station for recuperation, the peace, consideration and fulfillment of others is also the reward.  The provision is the goodwill toward men and embracement of others.

While a place to call our own will continue to be the American dream, it’s the places we provide for others that will denote the true accomplishments of our lives. Provide a tree daily to someone, somewhere and don’t forget to decorate it with the splendor you possess.  The dotted havens we found together serve as stepping stones through the mire of selfishness all around us.  Make a place for all to be and inspire others with “What They See.”

Mr. Redwine

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