“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson
So what does today’s quote mean? It speaks to me about starting something you do not expect to see accomplished or be able to benefit from in your lifetime. Thinking ahead and beyond your own current needs or wants for the greater good and the benefit of future generations.
What trees are you planting not expecting to enjoy the shade? They may or may not be actual trees. Maybe you are planting ideas, or acts of service, or seeds of kindness. Perhaps you are thinking about the values you are instilling in your children and how future generations might go on to change the world. Something to ponder. Feel free to share below if you feel led.
“Jesus Christ knew he was God. So wake up and find out eventually who you really are. In our culture, of course, they’ll say you’re crazy and you’re blasphemous, and they’ll either put you in jail or in a nut house (which is pretty much the same thing). However if you wake up in India and tell your friends and relations, ‘My goodness, I’ve just discovered that I’m God,’ they’ll laugh and say, ‘Oh, congratulations, at last you found out.”
― Alan W. Watts, The Essential Alan Watts