When we launched the community on Nov 17th, I used the analogy of the mighty oak tree.  I heard a sermon several months ago where the pastor was talking about a mighty oak tree and how it become so large, strong over time and through many seasons.  That might oak tree was once an acorn.  A little, innocuous, annoying acorn.  How does the acorn become an oak tree and why do we never think of that oak as once being an acorn?……Our world is obsessed with success, we are obsessed with popularity and getting rich by not doing anything or getting rich super quick.  So, when we see the mighty, the successful, the powerful, we forget that they had a LOT of growing to do, that whatever endeavor they tried didn’t come out exactly right the first time, or probably the 2nd or 3rd time.  The oak tree needs time to grow, it need to be nurtured, it needs to go through many seasons, with rain and drought and cold and hot, a season of blooming and of losing it’s leaves.  A season when it drops it’s acorns to grow into other trees.

When you look at the tree during the seasons you understand that it is just a season it when this season is over, there will be another season that causes different changes so as brittle and desolate is it looks in the winter, you know spring is coming sometime soon and there will be new growth and at the same time that you admire that new growth, you know that the next season will see it’s losing it’s leaves again.  There is no failing or succeeding in the seasons, it simply is the process that tree goes through over the year and with all those seasons, desolate and regrowth, the tree continues to grow in size and strength.  Look at your business through this lens, whether you are starting out, like IGS or are a seasoned business or employee.  You had to begin somewhere and perhaps begin more than once and you have to weather storms, see periods of death and regrowth, periods of falling off only to grow greener in the spring.  Those seasons for the oak are mostly predictable and ours are probably not as much but if we can look at them from a place of detachment and understand that we must go through one season to get to the next, we can withstand and grow stronger and more robust, if we allow ourselves the time, energy and effort to do so.