Photography by Terri Pouliot

“You won’t always be a priority to others, and that’s why you have to be a priority to yourself. Learn to respect yourself, take care of yourself, and become your own support system. Your needs matter. Start meeting them. Don’t wait on others to choose you. Choose yourself, today!

-Marc and Angel

This NETWORK of trees I captured on Easter Sunday, spoke to me loud and clear about something I have struggled with lately.

Walking always brings me into my calm.  It helps me sort through thoughts and feelings like nothing else.

I’ve found it necessary to make some tough decisions lately and I don’t know about you; but getting out in nature always helps clarify cloudy issues.

This has been a slow blooming spring and not really much ‘color’ to the landscape yet.  The daffodils and early April blooms haven’t even shown their stuff yet.

photography by Terri Pouliot

Scanning the riverfront along the mighty Cuyahoga River for any signs of spring, left me disappointed at first.  Then I spotted it.  This magnificent tangled network of trees which appeared to be very much still growing! So many questions and if only the trees could talk they would divulge the secret as to how they ended up this way!

My thoughts turned immediately to the struggles I had anguished over this week and what can happen if we don’t learn to prioritize.  What a tangled mess we can become.  We find ourselves growing toward the ‘wrong’ sunlight and someone else’s priorities instead of our own.

Yes.  We won’t always be a priority to others. Sometimes, others won’t ‘choose us’.  And that’s okay.  But what is not okay, is when we don’t make ourselves a priority, or support our own needs.

We matter.   We deserve to take better care of ourselves and become our own support system.  Surrounding ourselves with the essentials to support our goals, dreams and best health is our responsibility.


‘Network’ by Terri Pouliot