Hello, fellow trees….

TreeTrees10898091_908623512503048_645382665445691207_nThis David journey has been a big test for me in terms of tolerance. We’re thrown together with people we normally wouldn’t know, people who may only share one thing in common — a love for David’s voice.

Am I passing the test? Some days. Other days I’m in detention. πŸ™‚ But I’ll now try to see everyone as trees, David included … trees that are all struggling to reach the light… even when they give you splinters.

Have a lovely weekend, folks!

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27 Responses to Hello, fellow trees….

  1. Kizzi says:

    awwww….TOfan. Life is “a test” if I think of life in that context like the Ram Dass wisdom you quote. For me as I mature I see truths that become much more solid than when I was younger….if that makes sense. I love all people, but not all the things they say and do.

    Well, if you are in detention, I want to be there with you. Kinda like “The Breakfast Club” where the kids in detention at 7 a.m had nothing to say, but by 4 p.m., they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends.

    Here’s my tweezers for those pesky splinters. πŸ™‚

    Love ya and miss ya’ll at SAz!!!! xxooxx

  2. ray says:

    this dention room is geting full up,i see you over in the coner, hello.

  3. missbianca says:

    The original #termomittedduetonon-PCness is an othergreen and in charge of refreshments in the detention room. Here have some water and trail mix. They have to let me out for me to go shopping.

    The fans I’ve known and encountered online can really push my buttons sometimes. But I do own that it is only because I HAVE buttons that they can be pushed. I try, I do.

    • tawna21 says:

      I have those buttons, also, and I have allowed them to be pushed. It has been a source of grief and heartache at times. If nothing else, this whole experience has taught me how to be more tolerant with my own real-life people. I’ve learned that I own those buttons (like you said), and I’m in charge as to whether they get pushed or not. And, If they are, how long I allow them to be activated. β™₯β™₯

      • missbianca says:

        That is so true–it is how quickly one can recover from button pushes that really matters. And I forgot to mention that I don’t get angry unless I really care. I ❀ ❀ ❀ everyone.

  4. tawna21 says:

    What an amazing thought here!! I’m hearing what you’re saying… I’m listening to the words… I’m in agreement with the ideas! Thank you. πŸ™‚

  5. dangitdavid says:

    Love love love thisπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

  6. peppertara says:

    Cannot say enough how much I love what you posted TOfan. Well, I am a tree hugger (in a good way)…love trees. love their strength and their gentleness, love their beauty and age old wisdom, love the life they bring to the world and yes…their struggles to reach the light. They are amazing expressions of life and what a beautiful way to relate them to people. I like the idea of seeing everyone as trees, quite lovely, splinters and all!
    Yes, it has been somewhat of a test, in this fanworld. Some people out there are like one big splinter at times while others are like the strong, wise and beautiful Oak. We can learn a lot from trees (and each other).
    If we end up in detention once in a while, we’re generally in good company. I think you deserve a lot of gold stars TOfan and an extra one for this sweet, lovely post. πŸ™‚

  7. TaterZen says:

    THIS. POST. ❀

    It has been tricky to navigate respectfully through the fan environment of late, to say nothing of trying to dodge comments from certain outsiders. The Ram Dass quote conjures up all kinds of analogies worthy of pondering. It reminded me of Dr. Seuss and "The Lorax,” a clever and cautionary tree tale about saving our environment. It ends like this:

    β€œAnd Truffula Trees are what everyone needs.
    Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care.
    Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air.
    Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack.
    Then the Lorax
    and all of his friends
    may come back."

  8. refnaf says:

    ooooh I love trees….. and this quote!!!
    I FOR SURE am sometimes in detention as far as my thoughts about the fanbase go…..but have also learned to not allow button pushing!! Can be difficult at times!! This journey is so growth inspiring tho… would not trade it for anything πŸ™‚

  9. Grammyj says:

    I just saw this saying on Facebook that I thought was appropriate to this thread: We don’t have to agree on anything to be kind

    Unfortunately too often that doesn’t happen. But I think David seems to be a very kind person and would agree with this.

    • TOfan says:

      Thanks, Grammyj, I think he would too.

      I find it sadly ironic that the Internet should be one of the easiest places to show a little kindness (a “like” here, a “keep quiet & keep scrolling” there … it’s not like you have to break a sweat and actually HELP someone, like you do in real life) and yet it seems to be in very short supply these days. *sigh*

      Maybe it comes down to whether you think it’s more important to be right than it is to be kind.

  10. OK we have something else in common…our love for the forest, the trees. We have to cut down an old pine tree outside of our kitchen window and I will be leaving the property, possibly the town when my old friend is removed. now how crazy is that?

    Very special post TOfan!

    I am not in detention but possibly I have been expelled for now. I would like to pack up a box of thoughts and words and file them away, do some spring cleaning. I would like our passion with music, his music to be all about the music and somehow put the religious conversations, words and deeds into that box on a shelf. Your religion or spirituality shows through by the person you have become and needs no words or labels, or promoting. Until then I am expelled and enjoying so much The Voice on Monday nights. Music was always a medicine, a passion, a relief, time into another zone, a love of the artistry and so on. So when he returns I can’t say just how much of a relief it will be. but then again, I am just another one of those trees!

    SB 🍁

    • TOfan says:

      Love everything about this comment, SB. ❀

      And I've cried when favourite trees had to be taken down… like losing a (I was going to say "limb" lolol) … family member, how's that? πŸ™‚

      • Yes and I wanted to save some of the wood from a huge old spruce tree that was on the property long before we were. We saved the wood with me thinking of what could be made from it. After awhile I gave up and let it go. That might border on ‘crazy’. I definitely left for that removal. Some of the boarders, a blue jay family, still give me a dirty look about that tree.

        • tawna21 says:

          SB – Blue Jays can give very dirty looks and tweet some pretty harsh sounds when they are mad at you because you are in, or have disturbed, their space … been there. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  11. TOfan says:


  12. TOfan says:

    from this cool song:

    • OK I listened. What next I ask?? That’s a bit odd, no no I am the odd one, that makes more sense 😎Now if it was Harry Belafonte that would be fine!

      SB 🍁

  13. refnaf says:

    Oooooooo how nice to get a song tweet from David!! (Didn’t know at first, thanks TOfan) I like it!!!
    Lolling at David’s love of food!!

  14. TOfan says:

    Anybody going tonight???

    • missbianca says:

      Two or three peeps from FOD. But I believe someone will come through.

      I wonder if David is nervous?

      • TOfan says:

        Probably is about the speaking part.



        • I hope that young missionaries out in the field will be given the opportunity to hear David’s speech to help them find life’s important priorities as David has.

          Our daughter was married two weeks after 9/11. When we spoke at her reception, we asked for all of the service people to stand so that we could acknowledge our appreciation to them. Two hundred guests stood and we broke into immediate applause. The site of these young people early in their lives so devoted to helping others every day, often in life saving situations, was impressive and overwhelming. From firefighters to paramedics, nurses and DND, it was a room full of dignified people giving every minute of their jobs to serving others.

          All the best to David for his future endeavours now that he has shared his stories about life’s important priorities. We are looking forward to seeing where the road takes him now.


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