I carefully removed the oak tree sapling growing near the foundation of a house.
I planted it, watered it, and protected it for 2 years.
Recently, while I was mowing the grass, I got too close. The wire cage I surrounded it with got caught.
It ripped the top off.
The life of the fresh, green leaves just beginning to unfold was cut short.
As I circled around with the mower, I felt the familiar disappointment well up inside me. It was very short-lived since I’ve learned, “No, not everything goes wrong.”
I thought about pulling it up and tossing it. Stuff happens. Move on.
At the same time, I thought, wait. Don’t give up just yet.
A couple of days later I noticed small sprouts of leaves at the bottom. But in a short time, they shriveled up.
Disappointed. But wait.
I had forgotten about my little oak tree until the next mowing a week later.
And this is what I found.
I was prepared to toss if I had to. This is acceptance when things go wrong.
See the broken trunk? This tree will have a scar. But it will continue to grow strong.