The wind broke a branch off the tip of an old, tall tree. The tree said, I can survive this. The branch said, I cannot.
The leaf-covered ground came rushing into sight, but at the last moment the branch got hooked on a much larger branch, fifteen feet off the forest floor.
The little branch was saved from destruction!
The tree said, I can live this way. The little branch said—again—I cannot.
The bigger branch interjected: Why can’t you live like this? I don’t mind you being hooked on me. I can easily stand your weight.
Maybe in time you’ll learn to like this new arrangement, your new lease on life. Maybe in time I’ll even grow myself around you and protect you that way.
The little branch looked around. The new view was interesting, so different from the taller points from where it came.
The tree said it was okay to stay. The big branch said it was okay to stay.
Again they asked: Why can’t you stay with us?
And as the little branch fell again, this time, hitting the ground and breaking itself in the process, it said:
Because, the wind.
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