Visualize a forest. Close your eyes and look around. What do you see?
Of course there are trees in your forest. Moss, fungi, lichens and ferns blanket stones and fallen timber on your forest floor. The earth is covered with an array of low growing herbs.
Song birds flutter from branch to branch, nabbing insects and berries while adorning the landscape with music.
Water springs from high places and collects in low places, forming rivulets, creeks, and eventually streams.
Leaf litter softly yields to your feet, like a sponge as you stroll.
And above all, there’s the sun, whose presence is subtly felt as gentle dapples, like a shower of light.
But the most apparent thing here in the forest may have slipped past your senses, something most of take for granted — relationships. There is nothing more important than relationships.