The Palm Tree Theory



”All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”

J.R.R Tolkien (1892-1973)

Palm trees are known to withstand severe storms. After a thorough bashing, you could still see palm trees standing, often times bent, but still in the race with a shot. I’ll relate this to us. Undoubtedly, we face storms in our lives and I think there’s no living soul on this planet who doesn’t have one teeny-weeny thing troubling them. Some could be as sublime as breathing, financial woes, all sorts. I’ve seen friends who are so ill, they couldn’t sleep without an oxygen tank close to their bed. However within a month, they’re back to work. Life continues.

Resilience, courage, and determination helps us ride the storm and that’s the theory of palm trees. They don’t give up, they simply adapt to their circumstances, maybe beaten sore but still around. And I think we could borrow a leaf from their philosophy too, storms may come but we can do what we do best, ride through it!

To the people of Mexico, who could soon be battling Hurricane Patricia, I wish everyone would be safe. I sincerely hope everyone would ride through this unscathed!

Now to sunnier news: October is my bestest (pardon my pun) month. I turned 40 on the 14th. Thankfully, I don’t feel or look it yet. I hope to stay that way but who am I kidding? 🙂

I hope everyone’s been good. I’ve visited as many blogs as I could and would continue to do so. To many of us sliding slowly into the cold ( I resisted the urge to write ‘fray’ ), stay warm. To those in sunnier parts of the world, enjoy the sun.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends and I’ll leave you with this song:

 Much love, always! 🙂

39 comments on “The Palm Tree Theory

  1. Lori says:

    Lovely sentiments about resilience, Seyi. Happy belated birthday to you, my friend and fellow Libra. Forty was my favorite year. Enjoy every moment while its here.

  2. The Palms are amazing. Happy belated birthday, Seyi! The forties are great, but I must say, after turning 50 in July…it rocks! Praying for the people in Mexico.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks Jill. I hope to enjoy my fortieth, I didn’t feel any different though. I hope you had a blast on your fiftieth? Appreciate your visit my friend, do enjoy your weekend. I think the brunt of Hurricane Patricia is easing now. Hopefully, everyone is safe.

  3. Beautiful write up as always.
    I pray for people of Mexico too.
    Stay warm Seyi.

  4. Marko says:

    I invite you to look at my new pictures. Best regards and have a nice weekend.

  5. Ste J says:

    We don’t have enough palm trees around here methinks, although I will keep an eye out for palm tree type people, all we can do is make the best of things and keep getting up, it’s just life!

    Happy birthday my friend, I hope that you were able to find some time to celebrate properly.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Neither have I seen one in London. The only thing you see are overpriced buildings out of the reach of the hardworking poor. Thanks for your visit my friend. I celebrated with family and few friends, I’m not the loud party time, a bit conservative I think. Take care of yourself and chat with you again soon.

  6. Wise words. Happy 40th birthday. Life is just beginning (says a 65 year old, who lives with her 91 year old Dad!)

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks Rachel, my children believes I’m slightly old now. One thing I know is that time flies by quickly. My warm regards to your dad. Do have a lovely weekend!
      Blessings. 🙂

  7. Happy belated birthday Seyi. I hope you threw a great party. 40 is a great number, expecting great things from you. See you soon.
    Christy Nelson.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I had a quite birthday, nothing ostentatious just friends and family gathered around the dining table. It was cosy and just what I wanted. Thanks for stopping by Christy. See you soon.

  8. I love the post and R Kelly is one of my favourite singers. Praying for the people of Mexico too. Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Happy belated birthday!

  10. danniehill says:

    Palms are amazing trees. And miracles do happen. Great post, Seyi. Being in your 40’s is great– if I remember correctly, ha– You’re young enough to do whatever you want, look good and yet have the wisdom you might have needed in your 20″s. Enjoy and you don’t look at day over 25.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      They are Dannie. Apologies for my late reply; with the kids on half term break, it’s hard sitting down and getting any work done. I really appreciate your kind comment. Do enjoy the rest of your weekend my friend!

  11. Beautiful sentiments Sandra.

  12. Sherri says:

    Hello my dear friend, I have missed you! It is so good to read you here, as always with your wonderful, uplifting message, and by now with all hopes that the troubles have passed in Mexico. I am slow in getting going with blogging since my return early this month, so I hope I haven’t missed anything important. But…I must wish you the happiest of birthdays dear Seyi! You do look amazing, and 40 is young, young, young! A great age. Palm trees are indeed able to withstand a great storm, they bend, but they keep standing 🙂 I hope you had the happiest of celebrations…sending much love and blessings to you from me 🙂 ❤

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Oh Sherri, I’ve missed you so much too. I’m so sorry for just replying now. I had relatives over for the half term break, my house was in a constant state of noise. Loved them but I couldn’t sit down for a second, had to be on my feet every minute of the day.
      I’m glad you’re back, I’ll be at yours soon. My kids believed I’m so old now but I honestly don’t feel any different. I hope your weekend would be filled with love and laughter. Chat with you soon at yours.
      Much love to you my friend!

      • Sherri says:

        Dear Seyi, I am so glad you’ve had a lovely, busy, family time, I do so remember those busy, hectic but happy family days when the kids were young 🙂 We had a lovely weekend thank you, and I hope you did too. And you are not old! Far from it! If you are old, then I am positively ancient!!! No pressure, no worries, I just look foward very much to seeing you when you have a spare minute or two. And until then, I send you much love too, happy autumn and a wonderful week ahead for you my dear friend! 🙂 ❤

      • Seyi sandra says:

        Thanks for your kind and gracious reply Sherri. Hectic was the perfect word for the past few weeks. Thankfully, they’re back in school now and I gave myself a day off work to surf the internet and visit blogs and just unwind.
        Yeah! Autumn is here! I love cold weather when I don’t have flu though it makes getting out of bed harder. I’ll be heading over to yours now.
        Glad we’re friends Sherri, and one day soon, we’ll be sharing that cup of coffee together!
        Much love, always! 🙂 🙂

  13. How come I missed your birthday dear Sandra? Happy belated birthday dear friend.may God’s favour continue to rest on you even as you soar on high. 🙂

    Excellent post, as always. 🙂

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Sincere apologies for my late reply Celestine. With the kids on half term break, my hands are full.
      You didn’t know the date of my birthday sis, not your fault. I appreciate your kind comment and do enjoy the rest of your weekend! God bless you always!!
      Much love. 🙂

  14. BroadBlogs says:

    Ah, lessens from Palm Trees. (I always wondered why they were tropical. Can withstand the storms.)

  15. Al says:

    I think if we put our minds to it, we can all be palm trees. We all have the ability to be so. Great post Seyi.

  16. I love the post, palm trees and all the wonderful things around me here on the Gulf Coast.

    sherry @ fundinmental

  17. unclerave says:

    You’re right, kid. We all have our storms to weather, and we have to be resilient like the palm tree. I’m in financial hard times, being unemployed and being 58. Fortunately, I can pass for late 40s, but a permanent job is tough to find. I also lost my beautiful dog of 8 1/2 years about two months ago, and I’m still not over her. It’s put me in a funk, but I know I have too many people counting on me to let it get the better of me.

    Happy belated birthday, Seyi! You’re still young, so enjoy life! — YUR

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thank you so much for your kindness my friend. I’m so sorry about your predicament, I hope things would improve soon. If we lose hope, mystery would abound, keep working towards your goal and I’m positive you’ll get a new job soon. I’m also sorry about your dog, a close friend lost her dog of three years a few weeks back and I knew how hard it could be. Chin up and cheer up my friend, your dog would want you to live on happily with the memories you’d shared together.

      Thanks, I’ll enjoy life. I appreciate your visit and comment.

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