Planting A Tree Whose Shade You Know Youll Never Sit In

Planting A Tree Whose Shade You Know Youll Never Sit In

Posted 2014-01-06 by Lu Lu Bellefollow

What a wonderful world it would be if each of us did something every day, or at least once a week that we knew someone else would benefit from.

It could be as simple as leaving behind a good book you have just finished on a train or a bus stop; planting beautiful flowers in your front yard for others to enjoy as they walk past, or clearing rubbish from the street so that the next person who goes by doesn't have to see it or deal with it.

I use these examples because I know someone who leaves behind books, and I think it's a brilliant idea. This very same person and I went for a walk one day around the neighbourhood, and she taught me to stop and smell the flowers in someone's front lawn. I would have normally been embarrassed to do this, but she made me realise that they are there to be enjoyed. I know that my mum also stops to smell flowers, and she tells me about beautiful gardens she has seen while walking. And when I see rubbish scattered on the ground I can't help but feel a little down, and think if only those people who left behind the rubbish were more considerate of others.

One thing I do, is if I accidentally drop a coin on the ground I leave it there, so that someone else can see a penny; pick it up and all day long have good luck.

We need to consider others more I think. If we all did this then there would be a constant flow of gratitude. If we all just plant the seeds some day someone else will reap the benefits, and it could be someone you love or a complete stranger to you; but just think how lovely it would be if someone had done this before, and you were the one who tasted the rewards.

Do something nice today and set in motion a domino effect of goodness. It's the little things that make this world a better place.

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
- Greek Proverb


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