branching out

The wind that has howled through the trees surrounding my home all night has my permission to stop any time. It has succeeded in blowing open the glass doors of my fireplace, spitting ash across my living room and tossing the steel furniture on my deck like canvas camp chairs.

But it’s also caused me to revisit this NPR story  It has to do with the resilience of trees, and why these 70 mph bursts through my tiny canyon do little more than make the branches–some naked, some needled–dance and sweep the sky. A French scientist, it seems, recently confirmed a design theory offered by Leonardo daVinci 500 years ago. Being neither a numbers nor a physics kind-o-girl, my take-away lesson is that the precision of the mathematical relationship between a primary branch and those that grow from it is the secret of its stability. Quoting: The surface areas of the two daughter branches add up to the surface area of the mother branch.

Today, on the eve of a new year, I’m loving this story for three reasons. First, it shows that what is one time’s mystery becomes another time’s certainty. Which lets me breathe and release those many pieces and parts of Life I intuitively know fit, but can’t see where. Second, it reinforces my belief about the families we’re given and those we create. With each branching, we are different. But with that comes the ability to reach higher and still stay grounded. And third, it provides one more tangible proof that I am divinely designed for whatever forces come my way in 2012. And so are you. 😉

“I look out of this window and I think this is a cosmos, this is a huge creation, this is one small corner of it. The trees and birds and everything else and I’m part of it. I didn’t ask to be put here, I’ve been lucky in finding myself here.” ~Morris West


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