This is a story of a young explorer to the Alpine mountains. He chanced upon an old man who was planting acorns with an iron staff in a desolate, barren stretch of land. The old man told the explorer that he had already planted over a thousand seeds and that he would continue planting them to bring life to a land that was otherwise dead. The young man laughed at the old man for wasting his energy on a futile pursuit.
Thirty years later, the explorer, now a grown up man, returned to the same spot which had become an oak forest, eleven kilometers long and three kilometers wide. Birds were singing in the trees, sweet-scented flowers perfumed the air, wildlife frolicked in the shade and streams flowed with water in groves that had been bone dry. His mind was flooded with memories. He was reminded of the old man, who had worked alone in utter solitude to turn a desert into a lush green forest.
We may not be able to change the world, but we can do something about the little patch where we live. The ‘acorns’ and the ‘iron staff’ are in our hands.
Quote: “All that man has learned in the last decades is how to go faster, work less, spend more and die quicker.” – From Construction Digest