Have you ever thought of the Oak Tree? I have. Very early in life when my fascination with muscle and bodybuilding began, I learned that the great Arnold Schwarzenegger was nick-named “The Oak”, just like the oak tree – big, enduring, aesthetically balanced and strong through the course of time, it weathered all types of weather. Oak trees can live up to 300 years old. The Oak Tree got me thinking about life….
Imagine for a second what would it feel like to plant an Oak Tree? Now, the actual planting of the tree would obviously give you a lovely feeling at that point in time. I mean, there is not a chance in the world you would be around to see the little seed grow in to the magnificent tree that it is to be. Now, imagine, one maybe two hundred years on, some person may look up and admire its beauty and grandness but would never even think of you – of the person who made a conscious choice to plant that little seed in place. No one would thank YOU. No one would remember you for it. So, why would you even consider doing it then?
How would such an irrational action give you so much pleasure?
Well, there are many reasons, but I believe that maybe, just maybe, more of our decisions in life should be made with the Oak Tree in mind. I think we need to look at our life from a different perspective, from the perspective of the Oak Tree. Yep, the tree. I think we should be making decisions that matter in life just because it seems right. At that point in time and would seem right in the days that you depart this beautiful planet. Maybe we need to make decisions from the Oak Tree’s view, one that is a long-term perspective.
Ask yourself this question: how many areas in the rest of your life that has the ‘Oak Tree’ view or longer-term perspective. Most people live their lives looking for short-term results; the next season’s trends, gadgets and fashion; the next season’s flowers or at best a crop or business investment that would have a two or three year pay-off. I understand that. It is a fact of life. However, why is it that the best and great family businesses have a more longer-term view or perspective in mind, always. Well, typically, the founding business owners would make decisions that would have their children or grandchildren reap the benefits. Not them. Their business growth, expansion, their bigness comes down to one of perspective, one of long-term strategy, taking the Oak Tree perspective. Something which, in today’s world most businesses find it so hard to cultivate. This applies to individuals too. Like you, too.
The short-term perspective is all around us – everywhere. It is a disease of the modern age, but just like most diseases, it can be managed or better still, cured. Instant gratification, that is. Lets have a look at politicians, for example. Modern politicians live with constant need to win the next election, which is on average, two or three years away, if they are not ambushed out of government by their own before election day. However, parties that have better intrinsic values take office to decide on policies which may not produce results for ten years or more. Lets hope our politicians are adopting this Oak Tree perspective.
Most religions believe in life after death of some sort. Christianity believes in life after death. Maybe, it is the Christian way and message to live and make decisions now, so that others may benefit later …. So that there is life, after your life is gone, there is life – others’ lives after your death.
Imagination is power, as the saying goes, so try and imagine planting your Oak tree or trees today that represent your decisions in all areas of your life … and feel great about it. Not only just because it feels right for you, now but it is the right thing to do for your future generations.
Plant your Oak Tree, today!
Until next time …