Trees have traditionally been planted in many cultures in honor of an accomplishment or an important rite of passage. They can symbolize an effective visual reminder of your goals and help you fulfill dreams and visions for life.
The Oak tree’s symbolism is strength and courage, the Willow includes magic, inner vision and dreams and the Pine tree includes creativity, life, and longevity while the Elm tree symbolizes strength of will and intuition. These all seem to represent David’s paragons of virtue.
Back in December 2008 just before his 18th birthday, his service project to help complete his Eagle Scout requirements consisted of planting 180 trees and shrubs in a community park. An Eagle Scout is one who has taken the Scout Oath and Law, to which he has promised to do his best to do his duty, first to God and his Country, second, to other people, by helping them at all times and third, to himself, by keeping himself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight character.
David’s mission for his church just seems to be a continuation of his growth of character and his natural progression of life’s evolving changes in goals. David takes ownership in goals established around his interests and desires and is grounded in his family’s shared values. Reality dictates that as David makes changes in his life so must we.
Sometimes we often find ourselves in situations that no longer satisfy who we are or want to be. We’re grateful for the path we’ve taken; we just reached a point when it’s time to make a change.
As we pull back from twitter, blogging or Facebook and take challenge in our own goals and family obligations we shouldn’t feel less loyalty to David. His soul is connected to ours and grows with each moment we share his journey.
We put so much time and energy into his career we feel he is an extension of us. Our pride shows if he does well, then we have done well, by choosing to support him. We need to remember that our goals may not be the same as his and like a parent we want to support and protect but we need to give him space and the opportunity and the right to decide his future.
David loves making music and he loves being able to give the gift of music to others. He will never lose his love for music and will certainly be ready after his mission to resume a career. David Archuleta inspires a level of devotion in his biggest fans that can rival most artists. His devoted fans will flock wherever he may land.
As a devoted supporter of David Archuleta this blog site will remain active until he returns from his mission. MasterclassLady and I have committed to posting our Retrospective Series the first Friday of each month and will continue through April 2014.