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Motivated Monday – The Need for Adversity (Good Timber)

Frozen Forest looking up

Happy Monday! This weekend I was reminded of this wonderful poem about the necessity for adversity in life. Without opposition, obstacles and struggles, we would grow on the outside but not develop the inner strength needed for happiness and success. Remember, “good timber does not grow with ease.” Enjoy!



Good Timber

The tree that never had to fightOld Oak Tree at Winter Sunset
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow with ease:
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.

Where thickest lies the forest growth,
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.

Douglas Malloch


  1. A beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing.

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