Ivy strangles the strongest trees. Over the course of many years, ivy will eventually squeeze the life out of the tree which in turn is condemned to an inevitable and lingering death. Forest wardens take a chain saw to ivy where ever they see it and all over our woods we see the sign of their work: the cut is clean and serves to extinguish the life of the parasitic ivy in one fell swoop.
There are those in our lives who feed off of us and prevent us from being free and happy. There are those who wish us nothing that is good. To cut the ties that bind is hard but sometimes we are left with no choice.
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