Trees of Transition

Comfort for people going through life transitions by sharing thoughts, photos, cards, and recipes.


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Experiencing the World War II Memorial

During our recent road trip, we stopped by Washington DC to especially see the World War II Memorial. Seeing how big the memorial is, and especially seeing the stars of rememberance section, made me so thankful for all the people who sacrificed their lives, their mental health, and changed their lives because of that war. Here’s some snaps of the memorial: Continue reading


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Some of the Encouragement Around my Apartment

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Need a boost? The card on my fridge that says, “You are exactly where you should be, doing exactly what you should be doing.” (From Trader Joe’s Cards), brings relaxation to my mind every time I scan it as I cook or just pass by. Think about it: Those words embrace you where you are at and validate you. Receive the grace in those words!

Here’s another card that releases and pushes you in a freeing way:

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Mount Rushmore: Outdoor Art

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Mount Rushmore portrays four leaders of the United States that represent some the values of our country: freedom, creativity, responsibility, conservation, civil rights… This outdoor art took over twenty years to carve, and I’m glad the sculptor took the time. The Sculptors Studio has huge windows where the artist had his scale model and used that to transform the mountain into a monument!

Here are quotes from each of the leaders that were chosen to have their faces chiseled into stone: Continue reading


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Quote on Love…by Corrie ten Boom

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I introduced my students to Corrie ten Boom this week… She is my hero!

“Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.”
Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place


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Effective Leadership

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“The leader with the most connections wins!”

-Chris Hogan

When we know our leader hears, respects, and esteems us, we will do almost anything for them. Building trust with those we work with takes time and care, but when we make that investment, huge gains can come through working together in a unified way.
Choose to trust and connect.

M. H. Campbell


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See That Penny?

20150429-204414-74654027.jpgAnnie Dillard wrote: “It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won’t stoop to pick up a penny” (15). Irony…truth…poking fun…I appreciate Annie’s keen observations; they make me think…ponder…smile…

Is picking up a penny off of the sidewalk worth it? Some people don’t think so; those are the people that throw the pennies on the ground in the first place.

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Learning Self-Concept

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The helpful book Teaching With Love and Logic by Jim Fay and David Funk has helped me understand myself and the students I work with greatly. Here are a few quotes:

“We respond to covert messages much more than we ever do to the overt” (Fay and Funk 126).

“The basic rule is: Unconditionally accept the worthy person, even while rejecting the questionable behavior” (Fay and Funk 129).

“Learning from consequences is a struggle that can cause pain, but surviving the struggle is a great self-concept builder. We learn that we are capable” (Fay and Funk 131).

How these authors mix stories with action steps on how to relate to students and manage people better makes me feel I can do this. Whether you are a teacher or parent or work with children somewhere, it is a helpful book.

It took me over a year to read this book through because it was helpful to read a bit, put it into practice, think about it for a time, and then get back to it. Now that I’ve finished it, I get to loan it to friends who have seen me reading it, but I’m so thankful for the self-awareness it taught me.

Check it out!

By M. H. Campbell

Copyright 2015


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Having Hope Causes Greater Influence

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Here’s an inspiring quote I heard this morning:
” ‘The person with the most hope has the most influence’–a young mother, Olivia said that The Lord told her this. … If you want to know who is able to shape the values of those mind-molders, those decision-makers in culture, it’s the people that are demonstrating the greatest amount of hope, and there’s no group of people that have access to no greater hope than you, those who are born again and have a reason for absolute joy…”

-Bill Johnson in his sermon from 2/8/15 at Bethel Church in Redding, CA