We Need More Trees

By CreativeWings, 23 February, 2016

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

There a millions of quotes that speak to the need to begin whatever it is that you are postponing, however, the visual imagery and simplicity of this one has been swimming around in my brain since I read it.

I, like so many of you, am not immune to the siren song of procrastination. There are so many ways to avoid doing things that we WANT to do – things that we say are important to us.
Thoughts that we should have done it, accomplished it or finished it at some point prior to right now keep us from even beginning.

We let the fact that we haven’t done it YET keep us from doing it NOW.

What are you waiting for? Take one step forward on that thing you keep saying you’ll do. Make one call, send one email, write one paragraph, make one drawing, take one step – plant that tree.

Plant that tree. Today. Now.


By CreativeWings, 8 February, 2013

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
― Fred Rogers

I love this quote, and I am struck constantly by how true it is.

I’ve written about this before. It’s something that is important to me – remembering that every day, in every moment we can make a difference in the lives of the people we meet, AND “the people you may never dream of”.

It’s a tough challenge to really take this to heart. We get busy, or hurried, impatient or apathetic to the world around us, and it slips from our consciousness.

So please, let me (and Fred Rogers) remind you.

Who you are, and how you interact with the world matters. You do leave something of yourself at every meeting. What do you want it to be?

It’s your choice.