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Planting Trees for the Future

Issue number #040
19 October 2023
Reading time 3 minutes

As the weather turns colder and rainy, let's transport ourselves back to a warmer time.

Picture yourself outdoors.
Perhaps in a park or your garden.
Seeking shade under a tree.
Hidden from the blazing sun, you enjoy the cool respite provided by the tree and its branches.
Ever wondered how it was possible?

It's because someone, long ago, took the time to plant that tree.

Now, why am I telling you this story? You see, as humans, we often focus on immediate benefits for ourselves. However, we are creatures with more than just an immediate future ahead of us. Although our lives can change at any moment, and we might not be here tomorrow or even later today, constantly focusing on the next few minutes or hours can lead to dissatisfaction.

Without vision, the people perish.

This truth from Proverbs reminds us of the importance of having a long-term vision in life.

Vision keeps you going.

Looking beyond immediate gratification means that sometimes, you may not even see the results of your efforts or hard work in your lifetime. A vision for the future can benefit not only you but others as well.

Planting a tree is an excellent metaphor for this idea.

You don't plant a tree for today or tomorrow – you're planting it for the next 10, 20 years or more. After all, to do today something which will make your life easier in the future is the pinnacle of self-care.

So here's my challenge for you:
- Sit down and ponder your distant future.
- Think about something you'd love to enjoy in 10, 15 or 20 years.
- Identify what you can do today to make it easier for your future self to achieve it and plant that metaphorical tree today.

Take action now to make that future dream a reality.

In 10 years, if you've done nothing, you'll look back with regret and wish you had planted that tree or taken that one step towards your goal.

Remember this saying:
"The best time for planting a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is today."

I hope that this inspires you to take action and create something not for today but for the future, maybe not just for you but also for others.

Thank you for reading and I'll see you next week.


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