10. Keep Growing
Plants, as everyone knows, are living things. They do not move …yet they grow. Every single day, there is some growth that takes place in the plant. In the same way, we grow with every single breath that we take in. Grow tall just like their stem. We gain experiences as we age. Do not stop growing, whatever may be the circumstances.
9. Shelter others
Who comes to your rescue while you are trekking on a summer day? The trees, right? A shelter for every traveler…the animals and of course the birds. Trees were the first home chosen by our great grand ancestors in the Stone Age era. The way they shelter us irrespective of the time of the day, the season, or the year, we must learn to shelter others when needed.
8. Adapt to the situation
A plant bends to reach for sunlight. If you build a wall very close to a huge tree, it will bend its stem from over the wall but keep growing without any complaints. This is adaptation. Life cannot be perfect at every moment. We should learn to adapt to the situations we are in. When we don’t have direct sunlight, we need to go a little out of the way, spread our arms, and get the sunlight we deserve.
7. Be selfless
A plant gives us flowers, fruits, and also shade to anyone who can reach it. Most of the trees around us, the ones along the roadsides, grow even if we do not water them. But we humans are continuously trading one thing for the other. We should learn to give and not expect anything in return. We must be selfless because it is said you will never lose anything if you have the habit of giving.
Plants are said to prevent soil erosion. The roots spread deep in the ground and hold the soil and water around it. Thus, it holds the two most important things it needs the most – soil and water. We must learn to never let go. What is necessary, has to be held back, for our existence depends on them.
5. live and let live
We all have heard of the phrase “live and let live”. The phrase must have come from plants I believe. They not only live on their own, but also let others survive on their part. We use fruits, flowers, stems, and roots. Most of the other animals also live in one of these parts. There’s also another species of plants that grow with the help of other plants, the parasites, which depend on other plants for food. The non-parasites help them survive too. We all are social, and so are plants. Everyone around us has a life of their own and has the right to live it the way they want. Hence, live and let live J
4. Respond, don’t react
You must have seen plants that have been nailed to support the new ad poster of your favorite bakery. A few days later, when the poster is removed, if you have seen closely, either the plant bleeds red or a transparent fluid flows out of its stem. Yes, trees cry, because we hurt them. The tree could have dropped a huge fruit in your head to stop you from nailing it in the first place. But it didn’t. It just showed that it pains. We have two lessons here-one, do not nail into / cut trees. Two, do not react to the situation, respond.
3. Be happy
Do you know how many plants are there at your workplace/school? I don’t think anybody does unless there is only one or two. Nobody notices the plants while passing by , nobody smiles at them every morning. Yet they keep blooming. Because they seek no acknowledgment. They need no validation from others to keep themselves happy. This is one of the greatest lessons we can take from plants. Learn to believe in yourself and be happy with what you are.
2. The irony of life
Like humans, every plant has its story. The sweet-smelling rose that you see there, has thorns on its stem. The beautiful lotus, the national flower of India, grows in stagnant puddles. That’s the way it is …ironical. If lotus were to care about the sticky mud around it, it would never have been so beautiful. So stop complaining about those bad things around you. Overcome them and you are sure to be the best thing out there. All the best.
1. Love others, inspire others
After reading so much, I am sure you are going to love your plants more, and love the people around you even more. Doesn’t this article inspire you? Pass on the inspiration. Do let us know. Love and keep inspiring others.