Monthly Archives: December 2008

You can learn a lot, from a tree

Hi there. For my very first post on my very first blog, I want to share a story.

When I took a public speaking class in college, one of the assignments was for each of us to tell a personal story to the class, of some life-changing experience. I don’t recall what mine was, but this guy whose name I don’t recall told this story: When he was a kid, 6 or 7 years old, there was a large tree on the street near his house. One day he climbed it. He could see his entire neighborhood from the tree—the street from above, the house roofs, all the cars and little people on the sidewalk. At that moment, he said, on top of that tree, he realized: The world was bigger than he thought. That’s it. And I thought, Wow! The world is bigger than you think. It’s one of the simplest, most important things I’ve ever heard. How many of us walk around thinking the world is custom made for us, or else it should be. And if it wasn’t for that tree…

Thanks for reading. More on trees in Alameda will be coming soon.

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