"AS AN OLD MAN was planting a tree, three young men came along and began to make sport of him, saying: "It shows your foolishness to be planting a tree at your age. The tree cannot bear fruit for many years, while you must very soon die. What is the use of your wasting your time in providing pleasure to others to share long after you are dead?" The old man stopped in his labor and replied:Others before me provided for my happiness, and it is my duty to provide for those who shall come after me. As for life, who is sure of it for a day? "Aesop's Fables Copyright 1881 Translator: unknown
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But the best trees on the property are the two native Dogwoods that were there when we moved in. In Dogwood season parts of Northwest Philly transform into a continuous Dogwood forest as property lines fade beneath an aboveground sea of pink and white.
" Viriditas-- Greeness, derived from the Latin...One of the key terms in Hildegard's writings and her view of the world. It signifies the life-force, freshness of life, constant vitality, or fecundity, and is also a metaphor for virtuous living and a spiritual existence." from The World of Hildegard of Bingen: her life, times, and visions By Heinrich Schipperges, John Cumming
No dry authoritarian, closed-system here. Hildegard is writing about the Life behind life.
The Deep Life which we instinctively feel is home.
It is not odd that almost every spiritual path features a tree: the Tree of Life, the Bohdi Tree, Yggdrasil, and more. There is something about a tree, its age, its size, its open-armed call and embrace, its greeness, its beauty, its fruitfulness, that makes us feel a sense of a Tree behind the tree: The Tree, Viriditas.
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"What is the use of living if not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?"- Winston Churchill
How-to Tree: Mid-Late Fall, up through Thanksgiving, is the best time to plant a tree.
A good link on tree planting is here. A list of recommended trees for our area is posted by Fairmont Park. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has a lot of information on trees here.
Look around. What do you see that is thriving and looks good to you? Ask around to find out what it is. Young trees are not that expensive, especially if bought on sale. And they are a fine shout-out for the future, our sense of the life that is both within us and beyond us.