Self-help From The Good Timber


    The tree that never had to fight
    For sun and sky and air and light,
    But stood out in the open plain
    And always got its share of rain,
    Never became a forest king
    But lived and died a scrubby thing.

    The man who never had to toil
    To gain and farm his patch of soil,
    Who never had to win his share
    Of sun and sky and light and air,
    Never became a manly man
    But lived and died as he began.

    Good timber does not grow with ease:
    The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
    The further sky, the greater length;
    The more the storm, the more the strength.
    By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
    In trees and men, good timbers grow.

    Where thickest lies the forest growth,
    We find the patriarchs of both.
    And they hold counsel with the stars
    Whose broken branches show the scars
    Of many winds and much of strife.
    This is the common law of life. 

    Douglas Malloch

    I think we all are having our journey towards becoming the good timber and every person\’s journey might be different, one might have planned or the other might have started travelling, one might walk slowly, one might run quickly, but each one of us is aware that we have to overcome our unique battles of life and become victorious. The law of nature is that those who begin the journey will reach the destination sooner or later and no path of life is a bed of roses or filled with thorns all over. Our life is always a balance of both.  Every human being had to withstand both the highs and lows of life yet stand strong to understand that their difficulties made them stronger and better than they ever knew. 

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Categories: Self-help

24 replies »

  1. First I really like the poem and the message you had shared with this. indeed we all have different journey and struggles but we have to try hard to overcome this and become victorious in our own journey .


  2. Beautiful poem ..teaches important lessons of life. One needs to work hard and do not worry about failures, as failure is part of success without which one would not understand or relish the sweetness of success.


  3. Beautiful words. Yes, we all have our own share of ups and downs and we have to handle it alone. If Ups make us happy , lows make us strong. Thats Life.


  4. Absolutely agree Siva, no one's life is perfect;everyone has to face his/her share of highs and lows. the only thing matters in the end is; how firmly we fstand against all odds, by making sure we took our bit of learnings.


  5. A beautiful poem and a beautiful message! Every one goes through their struggles in life and facing adversities and coming out of it is all that make us strong.


  6. Wonderful poem …and more wonderful is the meaning and gist you have taken from it. We all have our own life's struggles and battles and thus the timber is bound to be good and strong.


  7. I am enjoying rediscovering the poetry. That is indeed an excellent analogy and a beautiful message. We all have our journeys. Peaks and troughs. Hanging in there during the troughs and being grateful during the peaks is the secret of life.


  8. I cant remember exactly where But I have read this poem before. it reminds me of the days when reader's digest used to be paper back and would come in mail. I would sit with my dad as a child reading and understanding the deep meanings of the poems and life – urvashi Thanks for sharing it dear


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