“But why are trees such social beings? Why do they share food with their own species and even their competitors? The reasons are the same as for human communities: They are stronger when they work together. A tree is not a forest. On its own, tree can not establish a consistent local climate. It is at the mercy of wind and weather.
But together, many trees create an ecosystem that moderates extremes of heat and cold, stores a great deal of water, and generates a great deal of humidity. To get to this point, the community must remain intact. If every tree was only looking out for itself, then they would all suffer... Every tree, therefore, is valuable to the community and worth supporting. And that is why even sick trees are supported and nourished until they recover.” -excerpt from The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
In this time of resolutions and a perception of starting fresh in a new year, as we strive to continue to grow and awaken, may we remember to include each other in those intentions. May we remember to set intentions that also uplift our loved ones, our extended loved ones, the quiet ones, the lonely ones, those who are unseen and rarely heard. May we include those who irk us, those who challenge us, those who we have the hardest times with.
May we spend more time in nature, amongst our favourite trees. And when we do, may we remember their wisdom, their quiet reminders that each one of us is worthy of love, care and community. And it is each of our responsibility to not to just think it, but to live it in our daily actions as best we can. We are stronger as a whole. Happy new year, my beautiful community ✨