As falls begins and the leaves change color, I can’t help but notice how beautiful trees are what benefits they provide us throughout the world.
Over the weekend, I thought more about this while visiting my nieces and reading them two children’s book classics, The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, and The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. I gave my nieces these books because they are two of my favorites and they represent the importance of sustainability (leave it to their sustainability consultant aunt to do this :)).
What can we learn from trees?
The Lorax reminds us to appreciate the beauty of the world around us, especially trees and nature in general. It also teaches that we are responsible to take care of the environment to protect it for future generations.
The Giving Tree teaches us the importance of giving and appreciating gifts from others. The story demonstrates the endless gifts that trees provide: fruit to eat, branches to swing, shade to relax, wood to build furniture, and more. They ask for nothing in return, so it is importance for us to respect them.
I also came across the picture below from one of my high school classmates, which gives great advice from a tree.
- Stand tall & proud: Be proud of who you are!
- Go out on a limb: Take risks.
- Remember your roots: Don’t forget your heritage; stay in touch with your family and friends who helped make you who you are today.
- Drink plenty of water: Take care of yourself.
- Enjoy the view: Appreciate your surroundings.
As we go through life and travel the world, trees help us keep perspective and live with an inspirNational mindset. What wisdom have you learned from trees?