Spruce, the symbol of winter solstice, Christmas, and New Year, has been used for immemorial times for its qualities both of flexibility and solidity, for example by druids who saw a symbol of renewal and strength in it, or stringed instrument makers, because of its extraordinary combination of paradoxical qualities : solidity and flexibility.
May these combined qualities inspire us for this year !
Solidity, either mental, or physical, or technical, enables us to be solidly anchored and stable in our actions and attitudes. But alone, it may prevent us from moving, evolve, setting us in our favourite postures. Too much solidity may threaten our heart and openness.
Exclusively short term result oriented, « technique » oriented, standards, process minded, we may loose our capacity of openness towards diversity and novelty.
Flexibility enables us to broaden, lengthen our scope. If not anchored, however, it may endanger our inner equilibrium. Combined with solidity, it enables us to go beyond our comfort zone, and reach sublime levels… as for an elite sportsman.
Agility is the subtle combination of these two aspects, that enables us to transform without loosing our direction… and go ahead through life as a tightrope walker, solidly and flexibly.
Learn to stay firm whenever everything changes around us, but flexible enough, open minded to Life and others, that is the unexpected gift our spruce gives to all who can read between its twigs !
This year, let us develop the « spruce attitude » in between movement and stability !
Baby Spruce – Savoie 2012
« Listen to the rustle of the growing forest, and not to the falling tree » . F. Hegel
Isabelle Bouvier Chappaz