Valuable You

While visiting a garden in Hilton Head I noticed a dead tree among several majestic oaks. Perhaps it was struck by lightning or maybe it was diseased.  I wondered why the gardeners didn’t cut the dead tree down. It was an eyesore. All the other trees had lacy ferns and velvety moss growing along their thick branches. Spanish moss hung from every branch like a shawl.

And then my gaze fell on this sign in front of the dead tree.


Wow. Who knew? This sign changed the way I viewed the dead tree among the beautiful ones. It was no longer an eyesore, but a refuge and valuable. The filter of my understanding was altered.  In just a few seconds my estimation for that tree rose to new heights.

In human society we admire pretty people. People who did nothing to earn their beauty. They just inherited great genes. And yet they are held in highest esteem, envied, and emulated. Those who are considered passable or homely are often ignored, even mocked. There are also those whose lives have been struck by a firebolt or altered by disease.  Are they any less valuable?


True beauty is hidden deep in the soul. We see it in the way people conduct themselves, how they treat others, and what they contribute to their communities and the world.  And in my humble opinion, those who have soul beauty grow more physically attractive with each passing year. As a society, we need our filters altered. We need to seek the good in others. How wonderful it would be to appreciate their strengths and talents over their physical appearance.

Do you feel unimportant and over looked? Please, look in the mirror today and say to the reflection, “You are valuable.”


Because you are!


3 thoughts on “Valuable You

  1. Many years ago I heard a tip about leaving dead trees on your property, on a Gardening show. Like you, I hadn’t thought about it until they explained pretty much the same thing this sign did. I have three acres, and have about 5 large dead standing trees ( not close to the house). Lots of birdwatching now – including the woodpeckers that next in one of them.

  2. Linda, this is valuable post. Besides those not so lucky to have good genes, there are those people who are scarred performing heroic acts who are stared at and sometimes ridiculed, when in reality their beauty lies in their souls.

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