Walking at the Cleveland Metro-parks the other day, following the windy Sunday, I saw a branch that had fallen. As I approached it my thoughts were deciding on whether I should move it off the path. This way others would have an easier trail. Sometimes, I find myself “trying” to do this: making things easier for people: even when they do not ask. I reflected that leaving it may benefit the unknown people to come behind me. Obstacles often make us stronger: yet obstacles sometimes prevent us from going as far as we could go. So, I decided to move the branch. I believe in helping people, I believe we should do what we can for those who come behind to make a better, safer journey.
As I went to lift it, I saw that not only was it frozen into the ice, but the roots were still attached. This was not as simple as I thought. It would take tools which I did not have, many people to assist, and to sever of the branch from it’s base to move it. I could be a participant in the making of the path a safer place, but not alone. I was alone.
I continued my walk thinking about the branch/tree and my journey, my path and the people I encounter. Sometimes I do try with haste to help, sometimes I am able, but always more successful when working with others. We do all have gifts.