You need room to grow

Nature provides living things the opportunity to grow.

Note the difference in growth of these two walnut trees relative to the size of their pots.  If a pot is opportunity, then living things grow relative to the opportunity available.  Nature provides the greatest opportunity to grow, and living things suffer through lack of exposure to nature.

Note the difference in growth of these two walnut trees relative to the size of their pots. If a pot is opportunity, then living things grow relative to the opportunity available. Nature provides the greatest opportunity to grow, and living things suffer through lack of exposure to nature.

I purchased large new pots for my growing oak saplings which are outgrowing their old pots.  I observed that one oak sapling in a larger pot grew faster and larger than the other seven in smaller pots.  It is the same with the two walnut trees that my friend planted, my photo shows the difference in growth between the walnut trees in different sized pots.

The oak and walnut tree pots are a good metaphor that all of living things need the opportunity to grow to their full potential.  Elephants are highly intelligent social animals, captive elephants in zoos become stressed and die younger than their wild counterparts.  The octopus is a another intelligent species needing lots of stimulation to avoid stress according to scientific studies.

The human eye needs the stimulation of sunlight and the outdoors to develop properly.  The BBC reports that a recent study of students in South Asian cities found 90% of the samples were short-sighted, a condition called myopia that needs glasses.  Modern South Asian students spend a large part of their lives indoors studying or involved with electronic technology such as the internet.  Young children in the UK are rapidly getting myopia as young as three because of being indoors and on computers for long periods of time according to the Daily Mail. A scientific study revealed the descendents of the Mutiny of the Bounty on Norfolk Island have the lowest rates of myopia in the world; whilst the study suggested genetics might be involved, I noted on Wikipedia an observation that “Islanders traditionally spend a lot of time outdoors.”

Living things are designed to live in nature, so to limit this exposure in any way causes a stagnation in personal growth in both mind and body, like I observe with my acorn saplings and the walnut trees limited by the size of their pots.

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13 responses to “You need room to grow

  1. Great message there. I spend at least 2 hours a day in front of a computer and notice how tired that makes my eyes. Hadn’t thought about the effect on younger persons.

  2. And so many people, human and non-human without the necessary growing space…

  3. We are learning that there are a lot of negative health effects on our youth from being indoors and with electronics so it makes sense that the eyes would be affected as well.

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  5. Some great informative Links here Alex and I am not surprised at the findings that being indoors using technology and under electric lights have that affect..
    I know personally from working within Factories for some 25 plus years how draining not getting Sunlight is.. One place where I worked for a period of 5 years had no windows only in the canteen and then they were above head height and only small, In the summer only Fire exit doors would be allowed to be open to cool the room down…. On going out on a Summer’s night was like stepping off a plane on holiday!.. Such relief and freedom was felt by All. 🙂

  6. PS and I forgot to say.. Loved the metaphor of those plants growing.. So true .. We often limit our own growth by not looking outside the box also.. 🙂 Or plant pot. 🙂

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