Acorns to Oak trees

Everything works to its own timing.

Acorns work at their own pace emerging as an oak sapling many months after falling to the ground.

Acorns work at their own pace emerging as an oak sapling many months after falling to the ground.

After a storm brought down a great oak tree last October in Colchester I salvaged thirteen acorns and planted them.  I won’t see anything emerge from these acorns until spring, since they are waiting out the winter before emerging.  Acorns like everything in nature work according to their own clock, they will emerge as oak saplings at their own moment and pace.

Humanity live in a fast paced world, a delusion that the individual can achieve instant gratification of any desire: lose weight, swallow a magic pill; instant fortune, buy a lottery ticket; new expensive gadget, buy it on credit.  Humanity has a foolish opinion contrary to nature that everything desirable can like magic instantly appear, though many corporates promote this delusion with destructive consequences to self, society and the environment.

The individual can learn from the acorn, that everything in reality moves slowly at its own pace:  better to lose weight over time; spend a couple of years achieving prosperity; saving up for a desired gadget.

I patiently wait for the oak saplings to emerge many months from now from the acorns I planted.  My major business investment in a project staggered over many months rather than seeking a loan, a proverbial acorn becoming an oak tree at its own pace.  Human civilisation and this planet would benefit from learning from the cycles of nature, that all has its moment, its own pace, its own cycle.


23 responses to “Acorns to Oak trees

  1. Maybe the loss of the great oak was a design. Mother Nature saying, “Oh look there’s that bloke Alex, he’ll look after my babies!”

    I planted a chestnut when I was 12 (50 years ago) and planted the sapling in a corner of the garden. My brother reports that the tree is still there, a mighty chestnut tree.


  2. I so needed to hear this today. I can be so very impatient sometimes. I want instant gratification. So thank you for this reminder.

  3. Patience is a virtue and Nature is extremely patient Alex… I remember you saying about the felled Oak and I hope each acorn takes its time to germinate and grow to become the solid Oak it was from..
    I hope too your business grows in strength too as you await patiently the returns from your own re-investments..
    Wishing you a wonderful period of Growth! 🙂

  4. this is a great comparison, Alex, and so very true in today’s society!

  5. Yep the seed of a tree can take its time… but when it emerges a certain sense of achievement is felt, first by you and I’m sure also by the plant…

    • Yes, I watered the pots the acorns are in, hidden away from our local nut-liking squirrel, and it will be like opening a birthday gift to see the first green shoot of a living oak sapling.

  6. Organic growth is often the best way.

  7. I hope your acorns overwinter safely, it will be such a testament to the felled mother tree.

    This instant gratification still amazes me. What would today’s people think of a party-line phone which I grew up with, where you had to wait to use something you paid for?

  8. Patience is a hard thing to learn and practice in the western world of ‘instant gratification’, even though, time and again, the ‘instant gratification’ proves illusory or fleeting.

    Through meditation I am learning to wait and watch, instead of act and force things. It is slow, but I am getting better. I am seeing that letting things unfold naturally, as they were meant to, produces better results in the long run.

    Your use of the acorn inspires me to get a plant- a slow-growing, slow-moving living thing. I’ll water it, make sure it has sun, and do what I can each day to help it, and I’ll wait patiently on it. Perhaps I’ll watch it as an exercise in mindfulness.

    Cheers 🙂

    • That is a great idea getting a plant and using is as a source of mindfulness in its natural cycle of growth.

      There is liberty in letting go of “instant gratification”, let me know how you get on.

      Thanks for your great comment.

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  10. Someone recently mentioned the concept of acorns dropping and then becoming trees and that everything and everybody lives on in some respect. Are you able to articulate this even more? Thank you.

    • Materially the DNA of all living things contains the sum of all their previous incarnations, thus a chicken still has the genetic information of its T-Rex ancestor, and the potential to emerge in the future as a T-Rex if the environmental conditions favor that form.

      One can discuss this question you raise on many theoretical and philosophical levels.

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