One of the best stories ever-made about our dependence on nature is Shel Silvertein’s The Giving Tree. The tale illustrates our relationship with nature, and how we treat it to the point that we are exploiting it too much. In addition, The Giving Tree tells us that our needs grow bigger and more demanding as we age in life. This being said, the fiction is also a cautionary tale of what will happen if we make the most of the nature’s resources without giving back.
There are a lot of teachings and lessons that can be derived from trees. At some point, we should all try to live like a tree. As Debish Mridha puts it, “We should live like a tree; giving, forgiving and free.” There are also wisdoms that trees can teach us. For instance, a seed takes time before it becomes a tree. Not everything happens in an instant. We should all be patient. Since we now live in a fast-paced environment, patience seems to be a luxury. In our effort to make things quicker and more efficiently, we forgot one thing; that is to take our time and appreciate it. Remember that good things come to those who wait.
Trees also instruct us to not be disheartened with the misfortunes and adversities that we encounter. We should just fight back and keep going. Trees also try to survive amidst the incessant external foes and threats they come across with every single day. Their branches get snapped and their leaves wither, but despite this, they shoot up, bloom and propagate.
Everything in life has a meaning, a purpose. In nature, there’s no such thing as waste. All parts of a tree have its use, even the dead leaves and debris. When trees wither, the soil absorbs them. In there, new seeds will grow and develop. And the cycle continues. Upon realizing our purpose in life, we’ll start to be grateful and appreciate how wonderful life is.
What’s more is that trees teach us to be true to our self. Trees are trees. No frills. We have to accept that we are unique in our own ways. Don’t be someone who’s clearly you’re not. Instead, find yourself. When confused or uncertain, find solace in nature. You might find your answer there.