There was a time that I often asked myself “why do people enjoy working in the garden?” You get your hands dirty, and there is an 85% chance that you will dig up a worm at some point and if the insects don’t eat you the sun will. I was amazed by people who thought taking care of plants was fun. How on earth is that fun?
A few years later I took my sister to a nursery because she started a succulents garden. On one of the tables outside, I saw a mixture of small little trees. In between all the green leaves, I saw the most miniature tree hiding away among them, and I fell in love at first sight.
I bought the little tree and named her Serenity. Serenity taught me how to get my hands full of mud, to feed her terrible food and how to water her daily without overdoing it. She showed me peace and beauty. She stands tall and proud. I never knew how much one could learn from such a small tree.
If I could, I would give every person in the world who struggles with anxiety a small little bonsai tree. To teach love and kindness were many people who suffer from anxiety have not yet grasped how much love and compassion there is in the world. Serenity loves the sound of an acoustic guitar, and her leaves become a beautiful dark green when you tell her how beautiful she is and how much she is loved.
Trees are very wise. They have been around the longest, and they never speak, they only listen, so never underestimate how much one can learn from a tree.