THE CHERRY TREE
I think it is a Chinese proverb that ask:
When is the best time to plant a cherry tree? Ten Years ago.
When is the second best time to plant a cherry tree? Now
I love proverbs (and old adages … and frankly the odd cliché or two!), but I have often struggled with this particular one.
In my spectacularly naive early twenties, I supposed the proverb to be all about starting young and getting on with it; having goals and taking steps to achieve my objectives and ambitions. And throughout my twenties I worked incredibly hard at ‘living this truth’.
Following the arrival of my son in my mid-twenties, my career nose-dived; before my beautiful boy was even six months old, I was made redundant. Self-employment followed before taking on a job I loathed (but stuck at for 12 months before acknowledging defeat) and finally ending in a short period of unemployment.
I learned some pretty tough lessons the hard way during those years. I also learned some pretty awesome things about myself too – that I was up for the challenge; that I was resilient; that I was resourceful – and most importantly that I could reinvent myself and simply start over.
I could plant a cherry tree…