What Trees on a Country Road Say About Life

For a practical viewpoint on life, walk the country road in autumn; and if you must ride, designate a driver so you can look up and around at the trees you pass by. Away from the multi-lane traffic of the city your speed decreases, your awareness increases, and you realize that the trees are telling a story—your story. They explain your life as well as other sages can.

Down the Country Road

The Challenge:  Perhaps you have walked this path many times; or is this a place where you have never been? Let your imagination take you down the path, and start writing.
The Challenge: Perhaps you have walked this path many times; or is this a place where you have never been? Let your imagination take you down the path, and start writing. | Source

First, notice their friendly approach, for in order to teach you they must reach you, and they intentionally pull you in:

  • waving hello with their branches
  • throwing kisses on their falling leaves
  • winking at you through the itty-bitty glimpses of sunlight
  • embracing with their spreading shade
  • stimulating with their cool breeze and sniff of combined earthy fragrances.

Just cuddle, if only mentally, within the bosom of the trees and listen to their viewpoint on the beauty and purpose of their lives and yours.

The Invitation

"You dear traveler, need the roadside trees like your lungs need air; in fact, we contribute to the oxygen which keeps you breathing. In the city, you become obsessed with fallen trees in the form of structures and furniture, because ownership of them give a clue to your financial capabilities. On this country road, we invite you to appreciate the priceless benefits we provide in our live form. Just to name a few:

  • Each of our mature members, fifteen years and over, absorb one ton of carbon over his or her lifetime; worldwide, we soak up one fifth of the world’s carbon emission.
  • Most of us can grab up to 57,000 gallons of water during a flood and prevent it from running off.
  • We produce clouds and clouds produce rainfall.

"We're not boasting. Just reminding you that you spend so much time struggling to make a living, you neglect these kinds of ready-made blessings. Plus, in our presence, your anxieties retreat and peace makes an entrance. We add meaningful leisure time to your days, and happy thoughts of reflection to your evenings. Please take advantage of our stress-less offer as often as you can."

Evergreen Shrubs

Photo by Pam Brophy
Photo by Pam Brophy | Source

"Bordering the pathway, you notice some daring evergreen bushes showing off their invincible strength—like brave, energetic, defiant youth. They do not participate in the changes caused by the autumn season. They may be short in stature compared to the giants of the forest, so they create a tall contrast. They really stand out beside those of us with changing, falling leaves!

"Do they remind you of your stance during your early years? You were out front, displaying your determination to succeed at life. Your gorgeous looks gained you some points. In the process, you learned that evergreens can display strength during the cool of autumn, but suffer damaged roots and even death from the winter freeze. Looks began to matter less, and soon you became curious about deciduous maturity. You changed not by conversion, but by promotion.

"Now you look at the 'evergreen' youth and say, 'Been there, done that.' Evergreen shrubs on the country road recall memories of discoveries and inspire gratitude for surviving the complexities of early life."

The Many Other Colors

Photo by ForestWander
Photo by ForestWander | Source

"You realize now that there are only two labels for human beings—naïve and experienced. The naïve are like the evergreen bushes, tempted to believe that they can live forever. The experienced are richer and wiser having learned how to maximize life during shorter days and less sunlight; they can handle decidousness.

"The beauty of autumn is a complicated array of red, orange, gold, brown and purple with graded tints of each color. The green chlorophyll which gives the leaves their usual color overpowered these other colors until the light of short autumn days becomes insufficient for photosynthesis. Now that the other colors appear, look how many varieties there are!

"Can we the trees share a viewpoint here with you? Some of your inherent qualities remain hidden when green is the color of your energy and effort, and your main concern is career and finances. When circumstances weaken and slow you down, use whatever measure of strength you have to keep standing. Find within the other colors which your busyness pushed aside—the red of love, the blue of peace, the purple of imagination and more. Maintain your elegant poise in the autumn of your experience and continue to share your unique blend of beauty with the world."


Fallen Leaves Can Still Be Useful

Photo by Kate Jewell.
Photo by Kate Jewell. | Source

Fallen Leaves

"You probably find bliss in the sight of golden leaves strewn across the country road, knowing that you do not have to rake them.

"However, if you are committed to green living, a few bags of fallen leaves will supply mulch for your garden. They can also be used for insulation around basement walls and for protection of potted plans from winter frost. Truth is, when leaves retire from the top of the trees, they can still be useful.

"You may be asked to retire from an assignment due to loss of capabilities, or because someone with more appropriate skills is found, or because the job is completed. Whatever the reason, please do not surrender to feelings of hopelessness and uselessness. When gravity pulls you down, fall gently without a struggle. You will last longer. Your spectators will admire your golden poise no less than they admire the beauty of autumn."


Talk Back to the Trees

Which of these statements are you most likely to say to the trees?

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Beyond the Trees

"The trees you see on any country road are a minute fraction of the 23,000 different kinds of trees in the world. We are the largest, and some of the oldest living organism on earth. We could not establish our status on your planet without a Creator and Sustainer.

"While in our company, you are likely to meet a bird, a squirrel, a deer or any creature which inhabits the great outdoors. If you raise your sight to the treetops, you are likely to see a shiny reflection of the sunlight on our leaves. Sometime it is possible to view the direct rays of the sun, or the moonbeams if you dare to make your trip at night. If you really want to see the splendor of the stars, drive through when the moon is hiding.

"We’re just saying that we are not alone in our purpose to reflect the magnificence of our Creator. We have our own ways of expressing our appreciation for life. Feel free to find your own way to express yours."

© 2015 Dora Isaac Weithers

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billybuc 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

A beautiful response to the challenge, Dora. I especially loved your opening paragraphs. You pulled me in instantly and I didn't want to leave. :)


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word55 18 months ago from Chicago

Hi MsDora, this is beautiful about the essence of trees along a country road. The only down thing about this is, please don't rush spring and summer to get to the autumn! Thank you so much for the pleasure of reading this magnificent article.


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Ericdierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Just a wonderful hub. Thank you. I just love trees and you did them a real justice with this piece.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Bill, you encourage me by commenting on my opening paragraphs. I've been listening to you. Thanks a bunch!


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Word, there are no changing seasons where I am, so there is no beautiful autumn. If there were, I would long for autumn. Anyway, enjoy your good weather. Thanks for the feedback.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Eric, glad to share your love of trees. Trees and hills are my favorite part of nature. Glad you like the article.


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

Beautiful and vivid writing MsDora. A pleasure to read, you answered the challenge perfectly.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Jodah. I appreciate your very kind comment.


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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida

Dora, this is a beautiful reminder of the importance of trees and how we should mimic our lives to represent their strength and purpose. Nice work!


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whonunuwho 18 months ago from United States

Nice work MsDora and such beautiful photos. whonu


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Perspycacious 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Beautiful! Thanks for taking me along for your ride. High scores for you.


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Carb Diva 18 months ago

Dora, this is wonderful! I never thought of needing a designated driver for a drive through an autumn road. Perhaps the saying "take time to smell the roses" should be changed to "take time to admire the autumn trees".

Thank you for a wonderful addition to the challenge.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Shauna, I like the way you summarized it. Thank you.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank, Whonu. Tress surely do make a good subject in words and pictures.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Demas, thanks for your high scores. Glad you enjoyed our time with the trees on the country road.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Carb Diva, it is worth taking the time to admire the trees, especially in autumn. Thank you for the issuing the challenge and for your kind feedback.


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manatita44 18 months ago from london

Nice pictures and wholesome Hub on one of Mother Nature's dearest Friends: trees. They help us no end and offer all to us in utmost humility. Autumn is indeed beautiful! Enjoyed the part you played there. Much love.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Manatita for your love and your kind comment. Here I miss the autumn colors and cool temperatures, but I remain content.


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Romeos Quill 18 months ago from Lincolnshire, England

More reasons to be cheerful from you MsDora encapsulated by a splendid piece of realism and imagination. Where would we be without those auburn-robed emperors of beneficence?

Beautiful Hub; pinning and sharing.

Good Day to you and your family;

R.Q.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Romeos, I couldn't have given the trees a better title than you did. Thanks for your support and for sharing your wordsmith talent.


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FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

I especially enjoyed your reflections on evergreens and youthful beauty. Such a lovely response to this challenge, Ms, Dora,


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Flourish. So glad you find some enjoyment in this article. I appreciate you for reading.


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Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

a wonderful soft photo and words response to the challenge.. a great jon Msdora


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Frank. Your encouragement means a lot to me.


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ahorseback 18 months ago

I am a man that will NEVER rake the autumn leaves from my yard , Why ? because there is magic there beneath the colorful surface , history , age , wisdom , and a final color of the perfect sense of fulfillment, I have lived , loved , laughed !.....Thank you for this .


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Ahorseback, your comment reads like poetry. Thank you so much for your beautiful feedback.


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ahorseback 18 months ago

Ah , yur so perfect !


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Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

Ah, beautiful are the trees, MsDora, and your writing here. The colors of Autumn are spectacular. When my son was young, he was so upset when we raked our leaf-covered yard. He was in awe of the colors and wanted our yard to remain blanketed in leaves of every hue. I wish we had just left them now that I think about it.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning and sharing

God bless you


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AliciaC 18 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a lovely hub and a great response to the challenge, Dora. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the information.


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ChitrangadaSharan 18 months ago from New Delhi, India

Beautiful response to the challenge! And in the process you have described the beauty and importance of Nature, the trees, leaves, flowers wonderfully. Lovely pictures and great hub!

Thanks and voted up!


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida

Captured the walk down that country road as our walk down life's road unfolds is spot on...

A captivating read from beginning to end....

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Voted up++++


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York

This was just lovely! What a tribute to the trees we need and love. The changing of the leaves, the contrast in colors, you've brought it all to life in our lives. This was a pleasure to read and absorb.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Hi Faith, I can relate to your son's love for the leaves. When I lived in Michigan, the falling leaves were a bother; but now I don't have them I miss them. Thanks for your beautiful share.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Alicia, I appreciate your encouraging comment. Thank you.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Chitrangada, thanks for the comment and the votes. The challenge presented an easy opportunity for me to explore my thoughts on nature; glad I did.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Patricia, thanks for the kind comment and the angels. I appreciate you.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Mary, you make me happy that you like the article. Thanks for your support.


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justthemessenger 18 months ago from The Great Midwest

What did the oak tree say to the acorn? Answer: I used to be a little nut like you! Seriously though, I like strolling through the forest. I prefer this more while riding a bike. When riding a bike you have the freedom to stop and really enjoy something that catches your attention.


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Patsybell 18 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO

How you magically transported me from an explosive spring to the peace and beauty of autumn. Ms. Dora, I love this hub. You make it easy to feel the fall and embrace the season. You continually surprise and delight readers. Voted ^+more, Pin.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

James, I agree with you. Exploring the forest in your preferred way will give you the greatest enjoyment. Thanks for sharing.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Patsy, I want you to enjoy spring for a long time, especially being the gardener that you are, but autumn is truly the season of colorful expectations. Glad that you are delighted. Thanks for such a positive feedback.


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PegCole17 18 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Your way of looking at these beauties of nature is refreshing and beautiful. I love trees and the calm feeling that leaves shimmering in the breeze gives. I've watched the tiny sticks we planted twenty some years ago grow into mature, towering and shade producing giants. They are like part of the family.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Peg. I can appreciate trees being a part of the family. What a thrill to watch them grow. You're having a really inspiring experience.


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MartieCoetser 18 months ago from South Africa

Trees fascinate me. Each and every one has a unique character. When driving through the country, I normally take a lot of pictures of trees. I simply adore them.

Thanks for sharing your amazing and profound perspective on trees, MsDora :)


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Martie, I also like your perspective on the unique character of trees. Thanks for reading and sharing.


DebMartin 18 months ago

Lovely. I like to reach out to trees. They are so full of comfort and wisdom.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Deb, thanks for your feedback. I totally agree with you.


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MarleneB 17 months ago from Northern California, USA

A lot of times we are so busy that we do miss the beauty of God's creations which incudes ourselves. You write with great wisdom. I enjoyed reading this beautiful publication.


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MsDora 17 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Marlene, so glad you enjoyed the read. Thanks for letting me know.


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sujaya venkatesh 14 months ago

pics in keeping with article


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lifegate 6 days ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Well, I'm only a year and a half late on this one. i miss so much because I never get notifications on anybody - not sure why. Anyway, this was an absolutely beautiful piece, and I liked the point of view you used. Thanks for slowing me down.


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MsDora 6 days ago from The Caribbean Author

Sujaya, thanks for appreciating my pictures, and of course for reading.


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MsDora 6 days ago from The Caribbean Author

Bill, seems that there is a problem which HP might be able to correct, at the least explain. However, whenever you visit--early or late--I appreciate you for reading and commenting. Thanks.

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