Arroe Collins Lyrics From Billy's Forest

Arroe Collins Lyrics From Billy's Forest

These aren't my words. These are the lyrics from Billy's forest... Motivational messages planted in your open field of daily growth. Written on the campus of the Billy Graham Library and several other forests around North Carolina. The empowerment of true growth begins with listening to the whispers in the wind.

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May 18, 2022 3 min
Garrick is one. He finds great joy in pointing at the black bear statue in my forest. On Christmas Eve I placed a black bear statue on his side of the forest. I didn't want to tell him where to locate it. That's part of the excitement of life. Locating things that others have put on your path and not telling you about it until your heart and eyes find it. The same is true about conversations. Just like the bear in the...
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A slow casual stroll through and beside the forest. Dampened by extremely light raindrops. Grey cloudy sky. The scent of a fireplace nearby. Just us walking. Slipping into a moment that's never the same twice. Trying to rid the mental system of the blocks that have cracked a wall. I can't leave them on the ground like bread crumbs in fear that I'll find my way back to the self designed foundations. I call this m...
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How does your balance look today? With so much uncertainty life has a way of turning each of us into leaners. In martial arts we put a lot of focus on the front stance. No matter how steep the mountain the front stance which was taken from the cow kept us in touch with balance. Prepared for the unexpected. Physically prepared for the aftermath.
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A forest isn't the only object of change during the evolution of seasons. We can learn a lot from how leaves come into being then are set free. How do we turn it into lessons for us to grow with? Depends on how you act when everything once green begins to fall. Is the glass half full or empty?
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Does a tree that which scrapes the sky find its place in history knowing it's no longer as tall as it used to be? This forest at McDowell park doesn't look like it did 37 years ago. An area once overgrown is no amazingly clear. In our own lives, those overgrown places that consumed a majority of your life are just as clear as this forest. What are you doing with the space? Are you shrinking? Prevent it from being by ex...
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When nature calls. Some people instantly associate that with having to use the bathroom. Nature is calling you at all times. To share with you newer ways to grow forward and outward. When you listen to nature it helps you prepare for the always churning unexpected changes in life. Nobody predicted the pandemic and the outcome of how we are still facing it over the two year mark. Nobody predicted how brutal Russia has been on ...
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I'm not sure it was supposed to be this way. Jazzie and I stood three feet away from the deer this new morning. They weren't bothered by our presence. Jazzie has been trained to stop then sit. The mission is to let the deer pass. It's their forest and we are only the visitors. I remember when a doe charged at Jazzie because she was with a fawn. Sitting still Jazzie looked up at me as if to be asking, "What di...
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Taking note of the white pine in the forest. Its long needles a shade of yellow. I remember planting the pine as a seedling. Now it's trunk is well rounded with age. I love walking through areas where the white pine has blanketed the forest floor with its needles. It's a stroll through rebirth. So many don't see that as an answer to current struggles. The daily goals should find strength in understanding the jour...
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Inspired by a once tall tree in the forest whose limbs created what looked to be the human cross. After the tree had fallen to feed the forest floor a cedar tree took root inside the core of the once tall trees trunk. A very strong place for energy. To continue in the same exact place of another tree. Those places where you know it's the right place. Where does your energy arrive from? The outside self of the inner roots ...
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I could spend hours studying the effects of water and wind. How a one time sheet of glass glamorously paints the portrait of fall colors then swiftly evolves into a series of ripples by a restless wind. It's as if Mother Nature has sent out a message of her portraits being for a limited time. As people we endlessly send out signals. Body language! What our body is performer may not be what it's physically projecting. ...
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We are trained as children to always look forward. Yet where do most people get attacked? You see the drama on the movie theater screen! You read about it in the newspaper. Through an everyday world we concentrate so much on everything we see that we aren't leaving enough room to learn about what's hiding. Writing in my forest this past October I took note of everything behind the limbs and leaves. Looking through the...
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Studying the path of a tree leaf. How it does more than collect water for the roots. It also provides shade for the truck and after they fall in October they become food for the soil. The continuation. We all have them but most are sharing the story. My mother faced a lot of challenges but never appeared stressed out or beat up. I'd ask her about her story. The reply was always, "I don't remember." This is w...
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I write in a forest. I go to listen. What started at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte has evolved into a lifelong journey. Something was moving through me. I’ve heard a calling. These aren’t my words. These are the lyrics from Billy’s forest.
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A chilly 56 degrees. A new day in the forest. The dry yellow, orange, red and somewhat green leaves have been thrown across the forest floor. The most interesting part is the sunlight. Because of the umbrella of leaves above so much shade is in place. The clearing of the leaves is creating shadows as I write. The creative mind dances with the idea of the shadow being a different spirit. This is why we must learn to love chan...
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It's not why did we stop. The question we should answer should be when should you have stopped?
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The forest is cool this new sun. A chill I know and love all too well. The shifting of a season. God's about to grab his paint brushes and ignite the Carolina sky. With so much change in the atmosphere so shall the people but without the bright beautiful colorful leaves once green. No Fall can be predicted nor is it perfectly laid out for fans to purchase a front row seat. Since March of 2020 the new normal has barely la...
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A nibble of fall is in the air. A tingle of shivers race through the forest. I watch as the squirrels scamper with large particles in their mouths. It could be food or lumber for their tree houses. Native American spiritual studies teach us that squirrels represent change. I also take note of the bright red cardinals. So many of them on the ground, as if to see invisible seeds. The cardinal represents compassion. The human ...
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As much proof as we have of there being an out of control climate the affects still put too much distance between the human ego and the acceptance of being tiny on this planet. Human loss doesn't seem to be an important factor. From out of nowhere communities are rebuilt. 'm not the only one asking this question "Where does all the money come from?" What if one day it dries up? The only thing we'll have is ...
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Sitting in a forest hoping it's energy will become words on a page. Then I realize, this is no different than walking up to a comedian telling them to say something funny. Hey Michael Bolton sing a real love song! Or the one that gets me, "We knew you were in radio. Listen to that voice." Which is why I gently glide them into a great conversation about this isn't my voice. It's the growing result of forty ...
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I've always been fascinated with the messages people pass forward. We grow up thinking our parents are harsh by creating rules that were put out there to help protect us. As we evolved into adult clothing those sharp words were actually very valuable. How often do you turn around and thank the child you once were? I wouldn't be celebrating 42 years of broadcasting if it wasn't for that five year old locked up in his...
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