Have you ever seen oranges sitting under an apple tree? Do pear trees bear strawberries? I love peaches (had a great one the other day!). Will I find more in a grove of pines? No. No. and No. Apple trees are pretty simple. While there are many varieties (more than 7,500 throughout the world), apple trees always bear apples. Orange trees? Oranges. And so on. Each tree is true to its character—always.
Your true character is revealed when you are under pressure. What you are deep inside, the core of your being, becomes evident to all when you are under stress. It might be physical stress, but more likely this “unveiling” occurs with mental and emotional stress. You know the feeling—it’s as though you’re being attacked from all sides and reinforcements are nowhere in sight. The heat inside rises. The pressure builds. You cannot keep it inside any longer and something has got to give.
What comes out reveals your character.
Recently, Brant Hansen posted a blog article, “Bump into a tree. See what falls.” Brant is a fantastic writer and he has a gift for stating truth (and Truth) with wit and wisdom. Please click on that link to read his article.
Ask yourself, “What falls when people bump into me?”
Dr. Scott Yorkovich is a leadership coach and consultant. He works with individuals, small and medium organizations, and ministries. Contact him at ScottYorkovich[at]LeadStrategic.com with your questions.
Photo “Bucket of cherries” by Oregon Department of Agriculture. Available at Flickr.com.