The Olive Branch

Seen as a symbol of peace, it’s common place to offer an imaginary olive branch to diminish conflict or build bridges over differences or estrangement.
In some instances, this only needs to done once, in others it takes two, three or even more to the extent that you wonder how many branches this wondrous tree actually has.
Doves are also connected with peace, so to see one with an olive twig in its beak must double the effort of importance and forgiveness.

Conflict weighs heavy on the soul, in the heart and on the mind.
Many of us have a deep capacity to care and love, but it’s not a bottomless pit.
Over the years, friendships and relationships falter and are sometimes seen as a personal failing and errors in judgement.

Whilst we may forgive, we don’t forget. Sometimes we can’t.
But the Olive Tree is forever sprouting new shoots. It just depends who picks one.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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5 Responses to The Olive Branch

  1. colinandray says:

    I believe a lot of people fail to grasp the difference between people … and what people do. I learned it with my two offspring when they both went “off the rails.” I was confronted with the reality that I can love my children, but I don’t have to love what they do. i.e. the two areas are kept totally separate. Recognizing that not only made my life so much easier, but once my two realized that I still loved them regardless, it made the “bridge mending process” so much easier years later. I use the same philosophy with friends … and have never regretted it.

  2. foguth says:

    I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award and a Mystery Blogger Award –
    Purrseidon >^.^<

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