The Dying Secret of a 150 Year-Old

Last week, city workers took down an ancient Oak Tree that was the elder citizen of the neighborhood where I grew up.

I remember playing catch under that Oak Tree, and walking past it on the way to school, and driving by it on the way to prom.

God knows how much change and development and modernization that Oak Tree has witnessed  in its 150+ years.

Here’s the eerie part.

A few days later, another Oak Tree not 100 feet away toppled over on the house next door.

Call it a coincidence, or maybe the trees’ roots were connected, or maybe it was one grieving for the other.

Herman Hesse writes, “Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.”

And that law of life states that every living creature begins from a single tiny seed.

Whether a giant Oak Tree, or an ant, it always begins with a single tiny seed.

Sometimes we forget that,  and we live in the macro, on the surface, dealing with the heavy lifting and the weight of the world. We say things like:

“I’m totally overwhelmed. I don’t have time in the day.”

“It feels like I’m always behind on something.”

“I want to make a quantum leap in my career but it never seems to happen.”

This is an exhausting way to live.

But if you think in terms of the ancient law of life, you can experience a much easier, more benevolent, more abundant universe.

For instance, I have one friend for whom money and resources always flow in great abundance.

He has always got what he needs. Money is always showing up. He goes wherever he wants. He seems to have very few blockages. Maybe you know someone like that?

I asked him, “Do you ever feel scarcity?”

He said, “Yeah. But I’m always planting seeds, so that there’s always a harvest. Whether it’s buying the person behind you in line a cup of coffee, or making a donation to a charity, or helping someone who needs a business introduction…”

It’s a fundamental shift from:

How hard do I need to work to keep earning and growing and affording this life?


How much can I give today, how many seeds can I spread, how many people can I help to better enjoy this life?

Let me give you an example.

Our children are growing up in a more tech-addicted every day.

Last night my 2 year old son asked my wife for his “lovies” which are his safety blankets he cherishes while sucking his thumb before bedtime.

While she was giving him the “lovies,” he secretly tried to grab her iPhone for a little pre-bedtime fun. NICE TRY! And he’s only 2!

What can we do…what can I do… for our children so that if they are going to be surrounded by all this technology, at least it has a positive impact?

Plant some seeds!

I have been working with Stop, Breathe, Think for Kids to create animations and meditations that inspire little kids (and adults) to relax their mind, and make kind wishes for a more beautiful world.

Whether you have kids who need more peace of mind or you are an adult who still feels like a kid…

Send this along to even just one kid or one adult, and by giving them a little peace of mind, you can change their day, and maybe their life, and maybe even their future family’s life. Peace of mind is contagious and it can spread like wildfire…

Remember, one tiny seed, one random email…can create something that lasts for generations.

Robert Stevenson wrote, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”


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