Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Olive Branch

{olive tree on the farm}

To extend an olive branch means to bring forth peace and reconciliation. Maturity plays a big role in this process. In my yoga class, we are always asked to set an intention, and I made it mine to offer peace to someone in my life who really needs it. After setting this intention, I acted on it, and I did so without expectation of a response. This felt really good. The response I got back was positive, heartfelt and really just a bonus since I did not expect it.

Is there someone in your life you need to extend an olive branch to? What will it take to get you there? Please share your experiences in this thread and inspire those still holding on to their olive branch.


  1. This is beautiful, Marcie. What a fantastic goal.
    xo Josie

  2. This is so beautiful, Marcie; thank you for sharing it with us. I think many of us have someone in our lives who we might need to extend an olive branch to.

    I know this rings true for me; there is someone in my past whom I became very close to, but who hurt me and I have not fully forgiven them for it. In my mind, I say that I have forgiven them, but my heart says otherwise, because I still think of this person every so often and I still have dreams about her (is that weird?).

    I don't know that I will ever be able to extend an olive branch in person, but I've tried on many occasions to release my harbored pain to the universe...if for no other reason than to let it go and be free. Right now, this works for me...but who knows? I might feel differently in the future and I might just be able to extend that branch to her in person.

    I hope so. :)


  3. I've been thinking a lot about this lately, it seems to be a theme in the new year. we'll see if i extend mine, ha! so much to consider i guess.

  4. Great post! Like Krystal, this has been on my mind lately.

    After a particularly awful thing happened in my life, a longterm friend and i completely ceased contact. Both were too stubborn to make the first move and as it's coming up to a year of no contact, i fear it's been too long now.

    And i also fear that i'm not a very nice person, as the thought of reconciling holds no great joy for me. We will be seeing each other for the first time in a few weeks for a mutual friends wedding. I'm freaked out about it, actually!

    Time will tell....:)

  5. Beautiful thoughts and picture. I have never offered an olive branch and been refused. Xo

  6. Beautiful <3

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  7. very lovely. and special. thanks for sharing! this post is definitely thought provoking :)

    xo Alison

  8. So beautiful, Marcie. Life is too short to hold onto negativity. xoxo

  9. This is an awesome post, Marcie. I agree that extending the olive branch brings a sense of internal peace, even if there isn't a response. It's nice to release the negative energy and even better when it's met with a positive response. Thanks for the inspiration!


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  11. This is a great post Marcie. I have a long-time friend who got married to a strange man and I haven't heard from her since. I've been thinking about her so much. I'm going to try again to build a bridge back into her life. Thanks for this post.