Friday, June 21, 2013

Plant a Tree

I love to landscape at my house. To plant a tree and watch it thrive--there are few things better in this world. At my house I've planted a dozen or so trees and numerous bushes, and undertaken an erosion-reducing engineering project, among many other things. Our neighborhood has been in existence for 8 years, but I don't think it's an exaggeration to say we've done more landscaping in the 13 months we've lived here than anyone else has done in all that time, with the possible exception of one young childless couple. We certainly have more trees than anyone else. We even owned another house in the neighborhood for 4 years, and we've done more here than we did there.

There is still more to be done.

To work with your hands and see the concrete fruits of your labor is a wonderful thing. In our modern society there are few jobs where that can be done, and that's a shame. Who takes pride in doing one small piece of a larger puzzle? Who can stand doing work if it is work that can never be complete, that needs to be done over again every single day?

If you've never done it before, or it's been a while, you need to plant a tree. Watch it grow and thrive. It is one of the greatest things you can do in this world.

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