I am the trellis. The load is easy, but becomes more difficult as the plant grows and is laden with its heavy fruit. This would describe me, I think, in most of my relationships. Whether as a wife, mother, sister, daughter or friend, even strangers, I feel the obligation to carry the burdens of others and try to hold them up.
Over the years, I think it has become less of an obligation and more of a desire. Which is good, because now it doesn't seem to be so overwhelming. I'm not trying to help everyone and I'm not supposed to. I've learned who in my life, at the moment, I'm intended to lift up and those I'm not.
Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
if we do not give up.
*Michigan State University Extension