Learning Lessons from Trees


Trees in Outback areas often have a hard job surviving, due to lack of water, soil, nutrients, or a combination of these factors, but this tree in the Flinders Ranges obviously decided to adopt a “never give  up” attitude after it found itself lying flat on the ground, possibly due to insufficient root depth in rocky soil. It realised it still had a couple of roots in the soil, and these could still suck up some water and nutrients. And like the iPhone, it had a system for working out which way is up, and so it sent out some new branches, this time perpendicular to the trunk. Before long, there were leaves on the branches, and it was business as usual.

And maybe it’s even finding that life as a “lying-down” tree is quite relaxing!

The moral of the story: if life knocks you down, re-assess your situation, adapt to your new circumstances, and never give up.


About dazzlerplus

Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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5 Responses to Learning Lessons from Trees

  1. Sherry Cook says:

    Thanks Rob, the moral of this story was just what I needed for the moment! Looking forward to catching up when we are both back from our respective OS trips. We spoke to Peter recently and he sounded quite perky. Will call him again soon and maybe we can see him when we are in Ohio from late October – mid November. Sherry

  2. Ros B says:

    This moral reminds me of a very old oak tree in Normandy, which seems to have followed this advice literally! Over 800 years old (or more?), the tree was struck by lightning in the 17th century which hollowed out the trunk. An enterprising Abbott (!) built a shrine to the Virgin Mary directly into the hollow of the tree. Later a minute chapel (room for 2/3 pews) and a stair case, climbing the outside of the tree, were added. I instantly remembered visiting it when I read this, thanks. Have just checked: it is still standing! http://www.gardendesign.com/ideas/botanic-notables-ch-ne-chappelle-chapel-oak

    • dazzlerplus says:

      What a strange yet remarkable structure! What is one to make of the bracketing of the strange with the religious? I sometimes think of Simeon Stylites, a Christian ascetic saint who achieved fame for living 37 years on a small platform on top of a pillar near Aleppo in Syria, or of those Hindu holy men who stand on one leg for months, or perform some other such unlikely feat.

  3. Jo says:

    Thanks for the photo of the tree Rob. To me, it just typifies the outback spirit of resilience and resourcefulness.

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