The Molly Tree (Repose)

When we settled into our current home, there was this one tree we held in question to its seemingly devastated trunk. Twelve rotations around the sun and it still stands. As a matter of fact, here in mid-November, it is a bastion of remaining color among the other 65 plus trees on the property.

The morning I began this composition, I found myself standing in awe of color, shape, and form I’ve admired in this tree through the ???????????????????????????????years. The beauty it brings is one reason I have made effort to care for it as best I could.

On that morning contemplating this tree, its name suddenly occurred to me−or maybe I simply heard its name for the first time. You see, this tree bears witness to the dignified stand of its namesake, our niece, Molly Brunson McAlpin.

It is one of those difficult to understand things in life: Molly’s liver at birth was void of the necessary for life bile ducts−the absence of such leading doctors to prognosticate her life to be no more than 2 years. She was 6 years old when she received her paradoxical new liver (a blessing from a tragedy).

Stories have been written about Molly through the years. While this is wonderful, there is one fallacy to this storytelling; leaving a reader to believe a happy-ever-after ending. Molly’s entire life has been one seemingly insurmountable health struggle after another.

Molly may have been cheated out of an essential physical basic, but she has compensated in sheer stubbornness! As I look at the Molly Tree, I find myself focusing on its beautiful form and presence in all seasons. Bereft as physical normality may be, our Molly continues to bring to this world love, and a story of courage and determined presence−without which this world would not be as blessed and beautiful.

Like the namesake tree, Molly makes it easy for us to see beyond the physical into a reality of Spirit!

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About Jeff Brunson

In this whirling 21st Century the individual needs to embrace the authentic self and confidently leverage the energy and power found there. As we entered the 21st Century, I became more concerned about what leaders like you needed for successful influence and personal fulfillment. As we move deeper into this challenging 21st Century, I’m more convinced than ever that the core of my work is in helping individual leaders remember who they are − a trueness. It is about confidence found in your authenticity.

4 thoughts on “The Molly Tree (Repose)

  1. Jeff this is a beautiful story and so true. Thanks for sharing. Molly’s parents and family are a blessing also. They have been by her side every step of the way, also her wonderful grandmother. JoAn H. Franklin

    • Thank you JoAn!!! Your love and support is so treasured! Hope all is well for you and yours. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Season!

  2. To Perservere: to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly, and that our Molly does.

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