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.