Why the Trees Lose Their Leaves
Written by - Cherokee Legend of the Evergreen Trees
December 2, 2022

Why the Trees Lose Their Leaves

‚ÄčIn the early times, the trees and animals were always able to talk to one another. They lived
close to each other and shared many things; but every year, the cold time came and the birds
would fly south to where it remained warm and would return with their families in the spring,
when the warm season returned.

One year, as the cold season approached Sparrow was injured. He would not be strong
enough to fly to the warm lands with his family by himself, so he made his family fly south to
the warm lands without him.

Injured, he knew he would not survive the cold season. So, he sought the help of the trees. He
approached Oak. "Oh, Oak, I am injured, and cannot fly, the cold season approaches, and if I
do not find shelter before then, surely, I shall die. Please, Oak, let me shelter among your
leaves and branches during the cold times, that I may heal and greet my family on their return
in the spring."

But Oak was a crusty old tree, and did not relish the idea of having a guest in the cold time, so
he told sparrow: "Sparrow, go find somewhere else to spend the cold time. I do not wish you
to spend the cold time with me."

And poor Sparrow was hurt in his spirit to be turned away.

So, Sparrow went to Maple and asked her. "Maple, I am hurt and not able to fly to the warm
lands with my family for the cold season. Please let me shelter among your leaves and
branches during the cold time, or surely, I will perish.
And Maple, though a very sweet tree, did not enjoy the thought of a guest for the cold time and she too, turned Sparrow away. "you ... you go ask someone else to shelter you, Sparrow. I do not wish you to spend the cold, time with me."

And again, hurt in spirit, Sparrow was turned away.

Sparrow went in turn to each of the trees and asked each for shelter in the cold time; and
each, and every time, Sparrow was turned away until there was no tree left to ask, except Pine.

With no hope left ..., but not willing to accept death ...., Sparrow approached Pine.
"Pine, I am injured, and not able to fly south to the warm lands with my family. If I do not find
shelter before the cold time, I will surely perish. Please...., let me shelter among your leaves
and branches during the cold time ... " Pine thought to himself, ("I am the least of the trees,
what can I do?") but his heart heard Sparrow's plight. "Sparrow ... My leaves are tiny ...
more like needles my branches are not as many as other trees ... but what I have you are
welcome to share."

And so, Sparrow spent the cold time with Pine. And when the warm times returned in the
spring, Sparrow's family returned also. And Sparrow had healed over the cold time and flew to
greet their return.

Creator had seen and heard all that had happened between Sparrow and the Trees. And
Creator called a great council of the Trees and spoke to them ..., "You, who were given so
much, who had so much, would not share the least of what you had with Sparrow in his
need. Because of this ..., from this day forward, when the cold time is upon the land, your
leaves shall wither and die and blow away."

Creator then spoke to Pine. "Pine, you, who had the least of all the trees, gave so much, have
touched my Spirit. When the cold times come, you of all the trees shall keep your leaves they
shall remain green through all the seasons for the gift you have given me, through Sparrow.
And that is why, to this day, that when the cold time comes to the land, AII the leaves wither,
and die and blow away .... Except for Pine.


An Effective E-mail Nurture Campaign for Small Business Season
Written by Christina Metcalf
November 21, 2022

An Effective E-mail Nurture Campaign for Small Business Season


It's small business season and if you're part of a small business you're probably looking for ways to make the most of your Q4. While mega retailers and big business are slashing prices, that's not the best way for you to be competitive. Small businesses often operate on smaller reserves and slashing prices to the point of taking a loss decreases the revenue you're bringing in. You need something that builds on connections. That’s the small business superpower.


One of the best ways to do this is through an e-mail nurture campaign. To accomplish this, you need an e-mail list. Ideally, you already have a list of past customers. If you don't, start collecting emails immediately. After all, it's much easier (and cheaper) to sell to someone who has purchased from you before than it is to influence a potential buyer for the first time.


In this article, you’ll learn how to create an e-mail nurturing campaign that will reengage past customers. With e-mail marketing you can schedule emails to “autofire” and send based on a schedule and/or actions. For instance, if the recipient opens your e-mail and clicks on the link, the next e-mail they receive will be different than if they had not opened it.

Reconnecting with Previous Customers Through Email

Use the following formula to create your own email nurture campaign for past customers.


E-Mail #1 Reestablish the Relationship

The first e-mail in your e-mail series will reestablish the relationship you had with this past customer. Using your business tone, craft a message that tells the recipient, “it's been a while. We miss you. Here's what's new in our business.” Make sure you include why they should care. Speak to what’s in it for them.


Other options include an end-of-year thank you message, a summary of the year, or a project that helps you shine. For instance, “In 2022, we donated 543 bags of dog food and here are some pictures from our happy shelter friends who seem to be enjoying the food.”


Set the next e-mail to hit a couple of days after the first.


E-Mail #2 Build Momentum

Tell your recipients a story about something that impacted you recently. Then give them a treat. For instance, you could share a story about gratitude or family. (These are especially welcome during the holiday season.) Then offer the email recipient a download that ties into your story. A good way to do this is to talk about what you're thankful for such as your loyal customers. Offer them a free gift-giving guide or create a helpful download based on what you sell such as a “Cooking with wine recipe e-book,” if you sell wine.


Allow them to claim their “gift” by clicking a button. This requires them to act. Then you can see who clicked on the code and who didn't.


Set the next e-mail to hit a couple of days after the first. Because you created a clickable link in your last e-mail, you now have record of who clicked and who didn't. At this point you could segment the clickers from the non-clickers and create a tailored e-mail for each. But you don't have to. You could also just send the same e-mail.


E-Mail #3 Stay Connected

Continue telling more of your story. This could be a continuation of the feel-good story in e-mail #2 or it could be building on the theme but with a different story. You could also talk about your “why.”


Invite them to stay connected with you somewhere else like a specific social media platform or invite them to an event you're hosting. The point here is to extend an additional invitation and keep them connected.


If you've segmented your e-mail based on who clicked and who didn't, add a line about the freebie you offered hoping that they enjoyed it to those who opened. To those who didn't open, offer them the freebie again with some language around “not sure if you saw this” or “in case you missed it, it's still available here…” and additional language why the freebie would make their lives easier or interest them.


E-Mail #4 Invite Them Back

Give your past customers a reason to spend with you again this holiday season. Perhaps you're hosting a special event with discounts. Maybe you're rolling out a loyalty program. Whatever the special is, make sure they know about it and use language that ensures they feel like a VIP. They're receiving a special invitation because they are your very valued past customers. That messaging can go a long way from moving someone from the passive state of reading an e-mail to actively buying.


In this e-mail, you also want to give them another opportunity to buy from you in case they can't make your event. For instance, invite them to explore your website and purchase online. If you don't have E-commerce on your website, consider sharing your items through social media and encouraging people to call or e-mail you with orders.


When creating e-mail nurture campaigns for small business season, remember what makes your business special. You want to focus on the experience and the feeling that buying local provides. Big business can offer deep discounts. Small business can offer memories of a joyful holiday season. That seems like a pretty great way to stand out.





Christina Metcalf is a writer/ghostwriter who believes in the power of story. She works with small businesses, chambers of commerce, and business professionals who want to make an impression and grow a loyal customer/member base. She loves road trips, hates exclamation points, and believes the world would be a better place if we all had our own theme song that played when we entered the room. What would yours be?




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