“If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.” Hal Borland
“Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heavens.” Rabindranath Tagore
Have you hugged a tree today? You really should. It is National Arbor Day! This holiday was initiated in Nebraska in 1872. To commemorate that first holiday, one million trees were planted. Incredible! President Nixon made Arbor Day an official national holiday in 1972.
But even without the holiday, trees are wondrous and deserving of our praise and protection. Trees have been around for over 300 million years, and currently, there are over 60,000 known tree species.
The most practical benefit provided by trees is the production of oxygen. An average size tree produces enough oxygen in one year to keep a family of four breathing. If the world population would plant 20 million trees, we would be gifted with 260 million tons of oxygen as well as the removal of 10 million tons of carbon dioxide. Trees are our survival!
I am also drawn to trees for their beauty and serenity. There is a spirituality evident when visiting the trees that helps bring me peace and contentment. I implore all of us to do our best to protect the trees, even planting more and more each year. Happy Arbor Day!
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A FEW QUOTES ABOUT TREES
“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” Alice Walker
“God wrote the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.” Martin Luther
“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.” John Muir WE MUST
“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” Robert Louis Stevenson
“Under trees, the urban dweller might restore his troubled soul and find the blessing of a creative pause.” Walter Gropius
“A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.” D. Elton Trueblood
“Just touching that old tree was truly moving to me because when you touch these trees, you have such a sense of the passage of time, of history. It’s like you’re touching the essence, the very substance of life.” Kim Novak
“If you cut down a forest, it doesn’t matter how many sawmills you have if there are no more trees.” Susan George
Here is one final demonstration of the miracle and wonder of trees. This video is a time-lapsed showing of an acorn starting its growth into a mighty oak.