I had an assisted epiphany the other day. I was watching an you tube video on attraction and little buddy said something that started to shake me out of my torpor.
“Men are trees.”
As an arborist, I identify. (It’s a natural fit, duh! <—- You may think.) But this guy was far from an athletic tree climber. Stuck in a wheelchair, stunted and frail. He stated this. It blew me away and truth be told, it made him more attractive in his own way, made you see past the flesh.
Ever since the big split, I decided to get smart about being attractive. One thing it has led me to is self improvement. Confidence is key. Confidence is a part of manliness. Not canned lines, exterior facades or extra greasiness, laid on thick. It’s about being a MAN! I’ve found despite all my despair, I am not a man. Just a boy with manly aspirations.
It’s stated that in the north american way, there is no initiation into manhood. For a quick example, just think about the 50% divorce rate and the courts favouring of the mothers. How many posers of men are out there, then?! Who do we take our inspiration and lessons of life from?
Trees, by a very general definition, are mostly from a single stem, that projects into the sky towards the sun. By taking nutrients from the soil, via water and roots, they grow. Roots give anchorage to the earth. There are three types of root found on a tree. The tap root, it grows straight down to either a water table or an impassable layer. Striker roots, these are primary anchors, they are further out from the bole of the tree to give stability. Then there are the collectors, the feeders. The root plate that exists can be up to 1.5 to 3 times the height of the tree. All of which is about 6 to 12 inches under the ground and has a symbiosis with a special type of fungi that promotes growth through the soil, outwards seeking more. All of the roots lead to the trunk. The trunk should have a flare at the base, be it small or pronounced, it speaks of strength. Also, at the intersection of ground to sky is a special transition from root to bark that best be left undisturbed. Through phototropism the tree reaches towards the sky. There’s always a leader, an apical meristem, that governs this. On the way there are scaffold branches, co-dominant stems and pruning arborists (If you’re smart about your tree, that is.). The leaves, producers of photosynthesis and oxygen. We also can’t forget about the bark, cambium, wound wood, heart wood, structural wood. Trees in my area have to stand and live in four distinct seasons. They have to endure cold, wind, lightning, heat, drought, insects and disease.
See any parallels? Hmmm?