Episode 6: The Littlest Acorn

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If you have young children in your life that you care about that you would like to empower them to find contentment in life, joins us in this episode as we share a story to help them do just that. Dr. Lisa Lentino shares the texts of her children’s book, The Littlest Acorn, the goal of which is to help as many children as possible discover, develop, and share their unique gifts with the world.

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Episode 6: The Littlest Acorn

Do you have young children or young children in your life you care about? Would you like to empower them to find contentment in life? In this episode, I will share with you a story to help them do that. I’ll share with you the texts of my children’s book, The Littlest Acorn. My goal with The Littlest Acorn is to help as many children as possible discover their unique gifts, develop them and then share them with the world. This is the path to true contentment and one that I hope as many people as possible, especially children, find. Without further ado, I share with you The Littlest Acorn.

The littlest acorn nestled in a blanket of warm, cozy soil. The sun gently stroked her shell and she started to grow. Soon, she bumped up against the sides of her shell. With all her might, the littlest acorn pushed and pushed until her shell finally broke open. The littlest acorn took a deep breath of fresh, clean air and greeted the world. She reached up to the sky with her buds. She reached down with her roots like little toes burrowing in the sand. She sprouted branches and green leaves that danced when the wind blew. Insects bounced with her as they landed on her leaves. Raindrops bathed her as they glided down her branches. Ants tickled her as they ran up and down her smooth bark.

She knew then that her shape, color, size, and spirit were all good gifts and they were always there for her to share. Click To Tweet

The littlest acorn, who was now a little sapling, grew new leaves and branches every day. Before she knew it, she was six feet tall. Six feet tall was tall enough for her to be able to look over the top of a nearby hill. She used her leaves to take a peek and she saw huge trees with leaves of all different shapes and sizes. The biggest one was a red maple tree with beautiful reddish-purple leaves, a group of pines with long, flowing needles swayed together to and fro. The little sapling wondered why her leaves weren’t as colorful or broad as the maple. As time went by, she noticed that the pine trees kept their needles all through the winter. She wondered why she lost her leaves when the cold weather came. The young oak tree tried with all her might to turn her leaves into the same color and shapes as those of the maple. She tried with all her might to hold onto her leaves like the pines all through the bitter cold.

Day-after-day, she tried to be like those other trees but alas, her leaves stayed the same shape and color and always dropped off in the winter time. The little tree drooped. She stopped growing new leaves. She stopped growing new branches. One morning, the young oak tree felt a scratch. She looked over to find a robin hopping along one of her branches with some twigs in her beak. The oak tree felt the robin carefully lay down the twigs in a special nook where some of her branches came together. She was building a nest. As the mommy bird laid her eggs, the little oak tree used the bark on her branches to hold the nest nice and secure. She gently swayed her leaves to make the right amount of shade. She stretched her branches to reach the sun and wiggled her roots to find as much water as she could. She wanted to be strong so she could help take care of the nest.

GYTM 06 | The Littlest Acorn

The Littlest Acorn: The littlest acorn who was now a little sapling grew new leaves and branches every day, and before she knew it, she was six feet tall.

 

Soon, the young oak’s leaves and branches started to bounce in the wind again, as they used to when she was a sapling. She once again felt the tickle of the ants and the rush of the raindrops. She grew faster and sprouted more leaves than ever before. One breezy spring day, the nest started to wiggle. The oak tree heard faint chirps that grew louder and louder. The baby birds hatched. The mommy bird flew off to find food for them and the oak tree’s leaves fluttered with happiness. She spread her branches and leaves in a big wide smile. She knew then that her shape, color, size and spirit were all good gifts and they were always there for her to share. The littlest acorn was now a very great oak tree indeed.

I hope you enjoyed The Littlest Acorn. Please consider sharing it with any young children in your life. You can purchase a copy of The Littlest Acorn by visiting Amazon. If you do, you’ll see the beautiful handcrafted illustrations by Connie Lovett, who I’m grateful to for capturing the story powerfully. Please remember to visit www.TheCoachingConnector.com for articles on Guiding You Through The Maze to your best personal and professional life. Please remember to subscribe to Guiding You Through The Maze and share our link with anyone you think would benefit from the information we’re sharing. We’re glad to be part of your journey. I’m wishing you and the children in your life true contentment.

 

References

  • Lentino, L.M. (2014). Constructive thinking how to grow beyond your mind. Sudbury, MA: Grow Beyond Your Mind.

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