Missing pieces

I was recently walking in my backyard and noticed this tree with what appeared to be bark growing in different sections and missing pieces.  How can a tree grow with missing bark I wondered.

I don’t know anything about these trees. Has something attached to it in sections?  How can bark grow in these uniform sections?

When I look at the missing sections, I think of what we go through in life with losses and significant struggles.  It feels like pieces of us are missing, but we can choose to be like these trees.  The trees continues to grow. 

We can continue to grow despite feeling like parts of us are missing. 

In the second picture it looks like the sections are forming to become whole.  Talking about our losses and our struggles can help us become whole again. 

Jeffrey Robbins, President, LCSW

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