First person: A tree of life to mark the start of a new year

By Rosy Aronson

On an unusually warm and sunny new year’s day stroll, I was strolling with my husband Kim Aronson and we stumbled upon a special tree on Vine Street, between Grant and Josephine. Dangling from its branches were notes of gratitude, hope and remembrances, a small stack of extra note cards, a marker… and the invitation to respond to questions such as: “What are you grateful for?” and “What do you hope to change in 2012?”

Inspired by this evolving Tree of Life, Kim took out his iPhone to shoot the short video above, while I left a little note. It reads:

“We are thankful for this beautiful tree of gratitude, for the beings that conceived of this idea, and for all of the people that stopped whatever they were doing to participate in this lovely symbol for humanity. May 2012 be a time of awakening hearts, planetary healing and letting go of what no longer serves the WHOLE.”

If you happen to find yourself in the area, and the tree still happens to be waving its wish-filled leaves, we urge you to add your “voice” to this sweet declaration of hope.

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  • http://www.eastbayethniceats.com/ Anna Mindess

    Sweet. Reminds me of the famous Pacifier Tree in Copenhagen’s Frederiksberg Gardens, which is festooned with bunches of pacifiers tied onto the branches with colorful ribbons, plus notes to the tree from 3 year-old children who make the big step by entrusting the tree to care of their beloved pacifiers now that they are “big.”  http://cultureandfood.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/copenhagens-pacifier-tree/

  • http://twitter.com/Aronson Kim Aronson

    So cute :)

  • Marilee

    LOVE THIS!  And how cool that it reminded someone of the Pacifier Tree in Copenhagen!  Beautifully filmed and written!