Naturally. A lesson taught by trees.

I have something to show you.

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There is a branch just outside of my window. This branch has been slowly producing leaves since the beginning of spring. I’ve never actually stopped to witness something as amazing as this before. Here is the progression.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Now, before I show you the final image, I need to tell a story. I am not a fan of insects. In fact, they are bigger fans of me than I am of them. I have also never had a window this close to my desk, while being this close to the ground before. I needed to repel the insect population. So, I think to myself, “I have OFF! insect spray!” I spray this around the screen of my window and through the screen itself. It works! However, I realize that some of it has gotten onto the leaves just outside. I thought to myself, maybe throw some water out of my window. Then, I sat down and played World of Warcraft.

The next day, I peeked out of my window and noticed this:

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As you can see, where the OFF! spray landed, the leaves died. Now, I feel awful. This is a perfect moment to figure out what the lesson in this is.

And, in my own fashion, I have!

The moral is this: Sometimes, it is okay to leave things alone. There may not be a problem to begin with. When you try to stop a situation from happening, often times you cause a worse situation to happen. I know I sound like Captain Steve Rogers, but it’s true. The trees have taught me this.

-A.