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Life Truths Revealed Through Trees

Updated on November 20, 2016
Beautiful trees in fall.
Beautiful trees in fall.

Trees-- where I live they are all around--maple trees, pine trees, oak trees, willows, birches and on and on. Tall and proud they grace the landscape with a sense of majesty and beauty. But more than that, trees remind me of important things in life. When I look at a large, old tree I am reminded of how people are connected to the natural world. I think about how I am one part of a a much bigger whole. As I look around and see the forests, I realize truths are revealed through nature.

You must learn to bend, so you don't break.

When weather gets rough and the wind blows, a tree will bend so it doesn't snap off. The tree adapts to the conditions around it so it can survive. Sometimes in life a person must bend like a tree. When a person is so rigid and cannot compromise with others, their relationships fracture. A person should listen and consider other's perspectives because then others know they are respected. Relationships involve give and take; without a certain amount of compromise, a relationship may suffer, and ultimately, end.

A beautiful, big tree with autumn leaves.
A beautiful, big tree with autumn leaves.
Sun shining through a grove of tall pines.
Sun shining through a grove of tall pines.

The Beauty of Trees:

Beauty comes with age.

Have you ever looked into the face of someone who is old? They have wrinkles and laugh lines around their eyes, sometimes their skin is marked with splotches and their hair may be gray or white. Yet, there is something beautiful about their appearance because they have reached full bloom. These older people are like old trees because they command our attention. We recognize their wisdom reflected in the lines etched on their faces. Similarly, our attention is drawn to the old tall tree with thick branches that has weathered many storms.Old trees and old people are beautiful because they remind us we can survive the rough times.

Deep roots encourage growth and strength.

Healthy strong trees are trees with deep roots. If people are to grow and become strong, they must understand their roots. They must undertstand what experiences made them who they are, and what values their ancestors passed on to them. When people gain understanding about themselves they feel grounded and secure, and then they can grow and become stronger individuals.

Appearances may change, but the core remains the same.

Through the seasons, trees change. The colors may change, leaves fall to the ground, and many trees look quite stark and bare against a winter sky. But the trunk, the core of the tree, is still solid. If you think about the people who are close to you, family and friends, they're like trees. They may change their appearances by changing the color of their hair or trying out a new style, but their core is still the same. The are still the same people who smile and laugh with you and cry with you, and that's because they are solid in their commitment to you. Remember to appreciate the ones close to you, even when their appearances change.

The smallest seed can grow into something BIG.

Look out across the landscape and see the tallest tree. It came from a very small seed. In life, a very small idea can grow into something monumental that changes the world. For example, think about Benjamin Franklin and how he discovered electricity. He had a question which grew into an idea, and he experimented with his kite and discovered electricity. Now our world depends heavily on this invention that came from one question that developed into an idea, and where would we be today without electricity?

No matter what the season, I love to look at trees. There is something quite majestic about a tree silhouetted against the sky. It doesn't even matter what type of tree it is. What matters is what truths that trees symbolize and how those truths affect our lives. Take some time to look at trees!


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      marisuewrites 10 years ago from USA

      I understand, we can lose track of what we write pretty easily...=)

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      Julie A. Johnson 10 years ago from Duluth, MN

      Yeah, I know what you mean. You might have entirely different ideas than what I wrote in my hub, and I certainly don't want to discourage you. I find myself wondering if I've duplicated myself at times LOL. Keep on writing! Julie

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      marisuewrites 10 years ago from USA

      uh o i better go take a look at yours first and not duplicate. LOL I'm working on other hubs anyway that one can sit on the back burner. too many hubs, so little time haha

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      Julie A. Johnson 10 years ago from Duluth, MN

      marisuewrites, Thank you, I am glad you found this hub inspirational. I agree, we can learn a lot if we just look around. I wrote a hub about lessons from dogs, too!Julie

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      marisuewrites 10 years ago from USA

      Julie, I love taking lessons from nature around us and you did a beautiful job of that. Very insightful read and I will print this out for a future "pick-me-upper!"

      Great!! I am working on a hub about "Everything I Need to Know I Learned From My Dog." Lessons are all around us from the simplest of sources.

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      Julie A. Johnson 10 years ago from Duluth, MN

      Thanks Pat. We have pine trees in back and beautiful maple trees in our front yard. For us, trees are an integral part of the landscape. I would have a difficult time living somewhere where there are few trees. Julie

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      2patricias 10 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      A very imaginative Hub. When Tricia and I are working at my house we usually try to pause from time to time to look at my beech tree. At her house we look at her fir trees!


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      Julie A. Johnson 10 years ago from Duluth, MN

      stevemark, Thank you for the positive comments. I appreciate the encouragement. Julie

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      stevemark122000 10 years ago from Southern California

      Excellent human character analogy using trees. Nicely done!

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      Julie A. Johnson 10 years ago from Duluth, MN

      Rob, I love metaphor and poetry; in fact, I'm a closet poet. Thank you so much for the compliment and the suggestion--I have given the book idea some thought. In the meantime, I'll just keep writing hubs. Thanks for your encouragement. Julie

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      Rob Jundt 10 years ago from Midwest USA

      Excellent hub. I love your use of metaphor. You might want to compile all these into a book. -?-

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      Julie A. Johnson 10 years ago from Duluth, MN

      MasonsMom, So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you. Julie

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      MasonsMom 10 years ago from U.S.A.

      This is lovely!!!

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      Julie A. Johnson 10 years ago from Duluth, MN

      Hope, Yes, the only limits are the ones we create in our minds. Thank you for your insight and positive comments. we all need "Hope". Take care and keep on writing! Julie

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      Hope Wilbanks 10 years ago from Louisiana

      Great Hub, Julie! I really appreciate and agree with your final point. There is no limitation to what we can do. Our only limitation is ourself. :)

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      Julie A. Johnson 10 years ago from Duluth, MN

      Thanks, GooglecashMoney. I feel we can learn a lot about ourselves as well as others by just looking around.

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      GoogleCashMoney 10 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Very Informative Hub.


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