Welcome to the Daily Podcast 28 Days Connection First Journey Day 23, Woody Plants Dear Friends, Today a story was shared with me of how my friend made a wooden ball out of the trunk of a tree, 2 feet thick. During the days as she chipped away on the truck the people of the school she was attending would pass by and notice what she was revealing in this tree trunk. Everyone had to stop to have a look or a chat. Weeks passed, the ball got more and more to its shape, and she could feel the love of the people that visited with her and the emerging shape. It became a habit that everyone wanted to touch the wooden ball when passing. It created a bubble of love and connection from the ball to her and to the people and back. What have you been gifted from a tree and what have you gifted to a tree? Couple of things to do for today: If you wish to relate to a woody friend you don’t know yet: Find a woody tree, bush, vine, take a look at it from a far distance. See how it interweaves with its surroundings and the surrounding with it. Get to know it with your senses, by touch, by smell. Climb it. Take a picture. Back home, draw it, its leaves, its bark. Find out about it. If you can, try and identify this new friend. What is it used for? How does it serve back to its surroundings? For a woody friend you already know: Do the same by getting to know it with your senses. And, do the same research for traditional uses and offering to wildlife, birds and other aspects of nature. Journal Questions: How did you meet your new friend? Did you find some ancestral knowledge that this special being offers? How many other species does this plant host or feed? How can I give back the love? Link to Forum: https://www.jonyoung.online/forum/day-23/day-23-woody-plants May you have a blessed day with your Woody friends. Michi and Jon. P.S. Here’s a link to the story Jon mentions in case you wish to watch and listen, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFQZfeHq9wo After watching ask yourself, what has the tree given?