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The Oak Tree Takes its Time

Updated on February 21, 2020

Consider the mighty oaks. They take a long time growing to full maturity, and for many years they remain unnoticed until they produce their first crop of acorns. It takes about forty years for an oak to produce its first acorns, and up until that point the tree is rather insignificant.

Yet in time the oak tree becomes the mightiest of all trees in the wood, providing a home for birds and supporting a diverse range of insects and lichens. Sometimes they can live to be 1,000 years old.

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There is no denying the rugged beauty of oak trees, and how people are drawn to them. We are attracted by their regal majesty and power. All of this from a tree that remained unnoticed for a great number of years in the wood or hedgerow.

In comparison to the oak, sometimes our own success or personal growth comes late in life, and for most people it is because we need to reach a certain degree of maturity first. However, it's never too late. Young oaks are blasted by the winds, baked by the sun, soaked by the rain and frozen by the frost and snow. All of these elemental effects serve only to strengthen the tree and increase its growth.

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Similarly, if we did not suffer adversities in life we would not be equipped for the rewards of such experience. We might not even notice that we have grown at all, or that we have achieved anything. We hold this in common with the oak as the many vicissitudes of life assail us also. They are there to improve our essential character and mould us into something better, stronger and more enduring.

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Therefore, welcome those things that appear as troubles, for like the elements beating upon the young oak tree they serve to improve the quality of your nature. Do not despise difficulties but recognise that they are drawn to you in order to help you to grow.

Neither despair if your goals or achievements come late in life ~ you will probably appreciate them far more. Remember the oak, that it brings forth its acorns only when the tree is mature enough to produce them, and when it does bear fruit, the acorns are plentiful indeed.

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    • Stephen Austen profile imageAUTHOR

      S P Austen 

      10 months ago from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

      Thank you so much Mahesh!

      I'm planning to post a few more analogies such as this one, so keep a look out for more to come.

      Best Wishes,

      S.P. Austen

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      Mahesh Chandra Gaur 

      10 months ago

      Very good article relating our struggles and life experiences to those of the mighty oak. Your message Is very well conveyed to take inspiration from oak to overcome the vicissitudes of life.

    • Stephen Austen profile imageAUTHOR

      S P Austen 

      13 months ago from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

      Thank you, Maloda.

      Best Wishes,

      S.P. Austen

    • Stephen Austen profile imageAUTHOR

      S P Austen 

      13 months ago from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

      Thanks Skye,

      Personal experience is everything. Without it, we are only imitating others with more experience than us. Only our own direct experience makes it real and genuine.

      Best Wishes,

      S.P. Austen

    • Stephen Austen profile imageAUTHOR

      S P Austen 

      13 months ago from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

      Thanks John,

      Like you, I keep writing even as I approach my sixtieth birthday at the end of this year.

      It's never ever too late, and it never ever takes too long!

      Best Wishes,

      Steve (S.P. Austen)

    • Stephen Austen profile imageAUTHOR

      S P Austen 

      13 months ago from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

      LOL! Thanks Mr. Happy.

      No, I'm not a masochist, but I do certainly realise that without experience (which often involves suffering at some level or another) we don't grow or learn much.

      Best Wishes,

      S.P. Austen

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      Skye Liarsbane 

      13 months ago

      Thank you for the reminder. At 66 I've taken yet another step on my spiritual path. Though those beginning their journey in the Craft are twenty or more years younger, I believe my experience will be an advantage.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A very nice article, Steve. Oak trees are majestic and we can just marvel at their grandeur. I love how you comp[are our lives to an oak trees and encourage us to be content if success and achievements come late in life.

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      Mr. Happy 

      13 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Similarly, if we did not suffer adversities in life we would not be equipped for the rewards of such experience." - I think I would enjoy a cake without a beating before hand.

      "vicissitudes" - Well, I just learned a new word, which I will forget by tomorrow morning but one day I'll remember it. Thanks for that bit.

      "welcome those things that appear as troubles, for like the elements beating upon the young oak tree they serve to improve the quality of your nature." - Sigh ... are You a masochist? lol You know there are those religious people too, who beat themselves with chains on their backs 'till they bleed. Why can't we just have a pleasant life?

      Anyway, thanks for writing about Oaks. That's basically what made me stop by as soon as I saw the title. They are wonderful Beings. The First Nation people call them Standing People (trees). And from all of them Oaks are indeed some of the most majestic. You know, if You have a certain touch, You can go up to an Oak, talk to it (always talk to them first - plants can listen too) and when placing your palm on its trunk, You can feel its energy. They are truly amazing.

      Alrighty, You be well and thank You for your piece of writing.

      P.S. Photos are lovely.

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      maloda sumwa 

      13 months ago

      Nice, i have learnt a lot

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