“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek Proverb
What are we all living and working towards anyways? Well it’s not only for our future but for the future of those we will never meet. I’m sick of watching and reading the news everyday and learning of all the selfish behavior in this world, the hatred and greed that consumes so many people. Reading this quote really spoke to me today. We cannot grow as a society if we don’t take the rest of society into consideration.
Look at it this way, when you plant a seed to grow a tree, it will be YEARS before that tree will ever be large enough to really be noticed. Shade of that tree and possibly even the fruits of its labor won’t be enjoyed for years to come, possibly even long after we are gone. But we plant it anyway, because it isn’t about us. Because the large trees around us now were planted by those whom which we will never know and it’s time for us to return the favor to those that will walk this earth long after we are gone. We shouldn’t work everyday solely to benefit just ourselves, but with a larger vision of the happiness, prosperity, health and progress of those we shall never have the chance to meet. Find greater meeting in that which you produce, it’s more gratifying that way. We are all connected and what we do, whether we realize it or not, effects everyone else in this world somehow. Make your mark!