This tree made me marvel at the resilience of Nature. It was one among a row of trees that were hacked down to make way for thoughtless road-widening.
But within weeks, from a hopeless situation, it had sprung new life.
In many ways, this could be a metaphor for us. We may think we are the masters of the universe. But Nature invariably has the last word.
This tree teaches us never to lose hope when all seems lost. As long as there is life in us, there is the struggle to live a full life, and trees (and of course sunshine and water) are at the very heart of an abundant life.
Trees inspire us to reverence. After all, it was under a tree that Buddha received enlightenment. In Christianity, Jesus compared the kingdom of God to a large tree providing shade for us and shelter for the birds. In Islam, humanity is regarded as the vicegerents or stewards of Nature.
But sadly, in many ways, society today is at ‘war’ with trees, which are at the forefront of Nature. Today, it may be road-widening, on another day, property development on hills, or logging and illegal land clearings.
The loss to our biodiversity will be hard to reverse as the ecosystem loses its balance. In the end, who suffers? We are only harming ourselves. Nature will carry on with or without us.