Trees blossom at different times in the spring and drop their leaves at different times of autumn. They produce different kinds of fruit and different shapes of leaves. They grow fast or slowly, tall or shrub-like. But all trees are beautiful and important to our environment. They all contribute homes for animals, carbon dioxide for the air, shade for cooling and branches for playing. We use their wood for producing different products depending on the density, color and size.
Trees are a lot like people. They offer different gifts to the world but are all important and valuable. In our yard we have an apple tree next to a group of cottonwood trees. As I looked out my office window last fall I saw the cottonwood leaves litter the ground and fill the air as they fluttered down like tiny yellow gliders. The apple tree, which experiences the same sun conditions, the same rocky soil, the same high water table and the same day and night air temperatures, was still fully dressed in leaves which stubbornly remained green. The apples slowly ripened and remained on the tree for the deer and our family to enjoy. The horse chestnut tree held onto its large leaves as they changed from green to vivid yellow and the horse chestnuts grew and began to ripen. Rather than dropping its leaves over the course of days or weeks, one day nearly all the leaves tumbled to the ground adding amazing variety to the yellow ground cover of other leaves.
Every one of these trees brings its own gifts to our yard just by being their natural selves. Just like people, they interact with the world in ways that are unique to them. We all have gifts that are uniquely ours to bring to the world. So stand tall like the trees in my yard and offer your gifts for the world to see.Tags: personal development, strengths