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Good Timber – from Inspiration in the Cloud

During our “Inspiration in the Cloud”  Zoom video call today, I shared this poem with all of the participants who joined our weekly 30-minute inspiring conversation. The poem is starkly gender-insensitive, but, remember, he died before I was born! (Honestly, I sometimes think I am more inspired by the wonderful people who show up each week, sharing their wisdom and inspiring stories, than all of the participants combined!).  You are welcome to join our growing family for an inspiring 30-minute check-in – you can register here: .  We have also added an “Inspiration in the Cloud” Facebook Group for participants. And we have new groups starting in Germany and also in New Zealand – we are going global!  Stay tuned!  We can do this!

Good Timber

By Douglas Malloch

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.

Good Timber – from Inspiration in the Cloud

Good Timber – from Inspiration in the Cloud

During our "Inspiration in the Cloud"  Zoom video call today, I shared this poem with all of the participants who joined our weekly 30-minute inspiring conversation. The poem is starkly gender-insensitive, but, remember, he died before I was born! (Honestly, I...

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