The TREE Exchange Post from Co.Mission

It's a small world

Are you still tracking along with us on this trail? Have you recognized yourself in some of our characters that we’ve revealed to you? Have you made it across the first desert aptly named The American Dreamed? Are you recognizing the crossroads that we’ve been found?

In our RE-mission, we’ve found ourselves at the edge of the sea. The past is chasing after us and we can hear its crushing footsteps. Where can we run now? We need the waters to part.

Apparently, our minds tell us, there is only one option. Turn around and return ourselves to our slave masters. It is sheer craziness to believe the sea is going to move. And if we made it across, look at the mountain on the other side. Like us, you’ve probably heard the reports of big giants in the land. This dilemma defies our human logic. It just doesn’t seem to fit it in our brain.

Right here at the edge of the sea, we’re looking back at the scraggly money trees with just a couple of paper leaf bills still hanging. Perhaps, we should just set camp here. Take down this low hanging fruit and burn it for warmth. Take down this low hanging paper fruit and spread the leaf ashes under another oak that appears soon to fall. Maybe, just maybe, if we invest some ash, it will turn a leaf into a leaf plus LIBOR? We can live on LIBOR, right?

What’s the future hold if we just charge into the water? What’s the other alternative to possibly drowning? Starvation? Neither looks to be very personally fulfilling or fun.

But, maybe this view of the outcome to be is part of our problem. It doesn’t seem very wise to doubt our view of the outcome to be if we choose to turn back. We’ve already seen what’s in store behind. We’ve already experienced what the past holds. But, as for charging into the sea, we’ve never really tried it. So, why are we so convinced it just won’t work? What if it does?

It is just hard to imagine that our spongy self-absorption of the water won’t drown us. Makes more sense it seems to self-absorb a fallacious leaf pile.

Out of the corner of our eye, we see a couple of people running into the water carrying what appears to be a tree on their back. That’s what we figured would happen. They’ve disappeared under the water. Guess we’ll turn back now. The sea surely sank them.

Wait a second, who’s that waving to us on the other side of the sea? Could it be those people we saw running into the water? Did they really accomplish the TREE exchange? Did they survive what appeared a certain death of self-sacrifice?

Are you ready to dip a toe into The Outerblue Projects? Please join us in exchanging “A Tree for A Tree”.

Christmas Visits to Monrovia

SEED to LEAD

Ever wonder what to give a person who hasn’t most everything? Consider giving the gift of a fruit tree. A fruit tree offers food and seed for more trees which provides more fruit. It is truly the coolest of gifts that keeps on giving. If your #roadtrip takes you to Monrovia over the holidays, stop in on the LEADLiberia SEED farm and see the difference one fruit tree can make in the lives of so many people. Happy Holidays! Keep tripN!

Christmas Tree Thanksgiving

LEAD Liberia

A friendly wave from our Liberia #roadtripN friend thanking everyone in advance for their Christmas tree gifts.

A Tree for A Tree

Christmas Tree Ornament

Here’s a special Christmas tree ornament from our Liberia roadtripN friends. Feel free to print as many as you like to decorate your tree at home or forward this present to friends and share the gifts of SEED to Africa.

TREE from Plant12

SEED

You’ve probably heard the Christmas tales of elves and flying reindeer and maybe even the one about a jolly fat man in a red suit. But, the story that really deserves near front and center stage this time of year is that of the TREE.

The most recent reporting and reverberation of the legend of the TREE sounded in 2013 emanating from a small Liberian farm a few miles inland of Monrovia.

As this story goes, one day in early December, a TREE of miraculous origin just sprouted and grew 20 feet to the sky. The message of this event caused quite a stir in the nearby adjacent village and stimulated an exodus rushing out to see the towering trunk.

As the crowds gathered and partook the amazement before their very eyes, excitement and joy spread throughout the assembly. Finding the good news to be true, chatter bound back and forth that good fruit might be soon to follow. And if good fruit followed, perhaps, the fruit would seed the countryside and produce even more trees.

The next day, the crowds returned. Astonished, they found the TREE had produced a leaf canopy overnight that would provide shade for hundreds of families. What a blessed relief this miraculous tree looked to be for a community in desperate need of hope.

On the third day, the crowds returned once more. Rounding the hill, they saw a sight that stirred jubilation. The tree shined brightly holding fruit the size of basketballs. A Christmas miracle indeed they exclaimed, “O’ wonderful gift of the TREE bearing fruit with seeds in it.”

Celebrations ensued and the exuberant community rallied together determined to pre-share an ornament of thanksgiving and gratitude for the TREEs that would take their place in legend.

Please press forward the never to be forgotten legend of “A Tree for A Tree”.