I use these analogies to describe the process we go through with the decisions we make daily. Everything starts with a seed being planted
essentially. Some seeds produce small goals and minor relationships (flowers) and some produce large goals and major relationships (trees); both
require attention and proper handling to be effective. If we let ourselves be overrun by negativity (weeds); neither can survive in a healthy way.
Another way to look at it; we plant seeds to grow, we pick flowers to smell, we plant trees that we need to prune and we have weeds to pull.
Analogy (from Greek ἀναλογία, analogia, "proportion") is a cognitive process of transferring information or meaning from a particular
subject (the analogue or source) to another particular subject (the target), and a linguistic expression corresponding to such a process.
Imagine the behavior each requires as it pertains to your own life; to be maintained properly:
Flower, tree, vegetable or grass seeds all require; solid root structure, cultivated and good top soil, water and sunlight, protection from the
environment (pest, insects, birds, elements and human) and daily attention. Some require less or more of each; for the purpose of this article, I will
be focusing on flowers and trees.
They are really pretty to look at, but once they are cut, they can only survive for so long. If you want a flower to last you have to plant them in
the soil and give them plenty of food (sunlight & water). They require more attention to survive indoors; they are vulnerable to the environment
outdoors. They grow better outdoors for a reason though; it is their natural habitat. They survive in numbers, some may come and go, but they survive
as a group (species) because they adapt. Different types of flowers require different environments to do this. The root of a flower is very delicate
in most cases and needs tenderness to survive for the long term. If you put your faith in a flower, be prepared to be disappointed in the end
They have the ability to grow taller and stronger than flowers do. They need to be planted in good soil, with lots of water, sunlight and protection
from erosion, to begin their growth process. With a solid root they have an excellent chance at long term survival; some require more attention than
others. Some need "pruning", (disease and dead limbs or leaves), to increase overall growth and protect other parts from being affected. While trees
may not be as pretty as flowers, (in some cases they are just as pretty), because "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", they generally have a longer
life span. This is because they usually have a solid "trunk" to support their growth and a larger "root" system to feed it and sustain it. Like
flowers; if you cut the tree down it dies. If you do not give it adequate, attention it may still grow, just not as strong or as quickly as one with
proper care. Nature sometimes does this whether we want it to or not.
All trees have leaves and some have flowers, too. Trees will lose their leaves and flowers (seasonal changes); deposit them in the soil to recycle
their energy, continuing the cycle of life.
They can grow out of control if they are not eliminated. They will choke the life out of everything they come in contact with. Mowing them down or
using artificial chemicals that contaminate the soil will not fix the problem. You have to "pull" or "dig" them out from the root. Unfortunately, this
has to be done often. Winds will blow weed spores everywhere. The size of the weed and how easy it will be to get the "root" out will depend on how
quickly you spot it and eradicate it. They are very unsightly to look at. However, there is a lesson to gain from weeds; just don't let them control
Either way, both need a solid root to grow and survive. The survival of some depends on others. Beauty is nice, but a solid structure has more long
Take care and much love,
edit on 11-11-2012 by Kandinsky because: Title typo fixed