Dear readers, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I’ve hit my 1000 hits. It’s an encouragement to me to continue on this journey.
For this thank you post, I would like to share one of my favourite books, titled, ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’.
This book tells the story of one shepherd, Elzeard Bouffier, who ‘singlehandedly’ re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps in Provence. The goal of the book was to make trees likeable and to encourage people to plant trees. Borrowing the words from Wangari Maathai, who wrote the foreword of the book, “The Man Who Planted Trees is a charming story about the virtues of environmental stewardship and tireless service, both of which are very important. However, it is also a vision of the good things that happen when we care for the world around us, and take what was barren and make it green.” (p.ix)
As a teacher, mother and individual, I love trees, not just for its beauty, but the philosophy behind it.
“As an educator, I am keenly fond of trees and often use it as my analogy to educating a child. As a child, I am amazed how a single seed, so small and vulnerable, can grow up into something so magnificent and strong.
I see the journey for my son like the stamp-printing that we did as shown above.
We create the foundation; we water their roots for them to grow. As they grow, they will have branches and leaves growing upwards and outwards, while inevitably, some may fall to the ground, which signifies sadness, disappointments or even heart breaks, there will still be others growing strong.
As parents and advocators, we too need to create this network of support system for them, and perhaps, eventually, learn to see them as a tree, like many others.
They too will blossom, like a tree that is meant to bear fruits and flowers, one that adds to the beauty of this world. One that was created for its purpose like any others.”
Do take some time to read this book, it is inspirational. It encourages us that dreams are possible if we are willing to take that step, to persevere and continue on that step to pursue that dream.
The journey of a thousand miles begin with one step. – Lao Tzu, famous Chinese Philosopher
So whether your dream is for trees or our children, never lose hope, for as long as you hold on to the slightest hope during times of desolate, time will have a way of finding you, hope will have a way of seeking you, life will also have a way of communicating with you, to make it all possible again.
Echoing my motto,
‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ Enjoy this beautiful journey with us.