Any benefit in getting older? As I age I am better able to learn life lessons from things I observe. As an example, scientists can use tree rings to measure the age of a tree and learn more about the local climatic conditions the tree experienced during its lifetime.
Dendrochronology or tree-ring dating, is the scientific method of dating based on the analysis of patterns of tree rings, also known as growth rings. For the entire period of a tree’s life, a year-by-year record or ring pattern is formed that reflects the climatic conditions in which the tree grew. It is believed that during times of stress in a tree’s life it’s growth slows, taking time to recover from the extreme condition. In our lives we might think that during times of hardship that our learning may slow, but in fact the opposite has been the case in my life. It is during the times of adversity that real learning takes place. It takes perseverance combined with introspection to elevate these lessons from their hiding places into full view, allowing learning to take place and the development of an associated appreciation. I have further learned that rather than cower from the lessons being taught, during stressful times, that if I am patient and don’t jump to conclusions before having the full picture, I will benefit and learn from the lessons being taught. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin counseled, “The way we react to adversity can be a major factor in how happy and successful we can be. . . . The simple secret is this: put your trust in the Lord, do your best, then leave the rest to Him.” I further love the phrase, “Be still and know that I am God.” As I place my trust in a loving Heavenly Father and quietly listen for the Holy Ghost to provide instruction I will learn valuable heavenly lessons.