Growing on the Cliffs of Challenge

Growing on the Cliffs of Challenge

On the bus from Ankara to Istanbul I enjoyed greatly the scenery. I saw my different types of trees growing in symmetry, one-sided symmetry, growing on cliffs and slopes. I began thinking on us how we go through sloping lives and find ourselves on cliffs and how we tend sometimes to surrender to them. If trees can go on slopes and cliffs can we too grow from difficult positions and challenges? It is growing from such difficult places that we mostly learn, adapt and grow.

Living on a cliff is challenging. Trees know how to send deep roots to collect water and nutrients to survive. Sometimes the roots are exposed with their extreme dangling and forming a cave underneath. It is the development of unique root systems that apparently helps tree to grow on cliffs. With the complexity of our lives in which we find us positioned on cliffs what will be our roots for survival? Is it values, learning, adapting, combination of these? I invite you to share your thoughts.

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Not less so are the challenges for trees growing on slopes. I noticed that some trees grow vertically on slopes, while some plants opted for horizontal growth along the slope. You can imagine the challenges imposed on trees living on slopes. Water rolls down away from roots. The greater the slope is, the faster water will run down before soaking the trees. Not only that as trees also face competition from plants with shallow roots as they get the first "touch" of rain and deprive trees from it. Sometimes shallowness helps. Is this a paradox of life?

I noticed some trees with what appeared to be multi-stems trees. The stems are short, but they carry a heavy load. Some trees had very high stems, but carried few branches. The idea of great leaders came to my mind. Are they more like tree with short stems, but they carry the load of work? Or, are they like trees with long stems, but with low loads? Genuine leaders have their roots firmed in what they do. We see the load they carry, but the greater part of what they do remain unseen underground. Those leaders remain close to the ground and carry the maximum load. They help others reach the far horizons. They provide opportunities for others to grow.

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In our increasingly complex world requiring us to grow on cliffs and slopes we need to develop great roots to survive and help others survive too. We need strong roots to face life difficulties. I believe identifying what makes great roots for us is a worthy issue.
Ali Anani, PhD

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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Dear friend - you say you don't know if saying this makes you shallow "I don't know if that makes me shallow or deep but IMHO we are all living on the edge of life and death". In my opinion this is one of the most deep quotes I have ever read. Yes, we don't know when we shall pass away and so we live on the edge of life and death. It is a fact of life, but the way you stated it is eloquent, smart,,and deep. If this is your shallowness what would then be your depth? I would say ocean deep.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #19

A inspiring nature tour and an intriguing buzz with insightful comments. Your thoughts are like the water that falls on the cliff @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador important and enriching and we lucky bees get to absorb it first. I don't know if that makes me shallow or deep but IMHO we are all living on the edge of life and death. We exist for a minute and the next minute we are gone. Like the wind. So looking at trees living on the edges and cliffs only gives me nature's acknowledgment an affirmation at I’m doing ok and I'll survive just like they do. I will grow beautiful like the tree on the cliff and see the beauty of the world around me. To living life on the edge! Thanks for the lovely buzz and my best favourite picture is the last one πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— Stayblessed Dr Ali Anani

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #18

A inspiring nature tour and an intriguing buzz with insightful comments. Your thoughts are like the water that falls on the cliff @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador important and enriching and we lucky bees get to absorb it first. I don't know if that makes me shallow or deep but IMHO we are all living on the edge of life and death. We exists for a minute and the next minute we are gone. Like the wind. So looking at trees living on the edges and cliffs only gives me nature's acknowledgment at I’m doing ok and I'll survive just like they do. I will grow beautiful like the tree on the cliff and see the beauty of the world around me. To living life on the edge! Thanks for the lovely buzz and my best favourite picture is the last one πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— Stayblessed Dr Ali Anani

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #17

A inspiring nature tour and an intriguing buzz with insightful comments. Your thoughts are like the water that falls on the cliff Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee on we lucky bees get to absorb it first. I don't know if that makes me shallow or deep but we are all living on the edge of life and death. We exists for a minute and the next minute we are gone. Like the wind. So looking at trees living on the edges and cliffs only gives me nature's acknowledgment at I’m doing ok and I'll survive just like they do. I will grow beautiful like the tree on the cliff and see the beauty of the world around me. To living life on the edge! Thanks for the lovely buzz and my best favourite picture is the last one πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— Stayblessed Dr Ali Anani

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Your wisdom prevails Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, Brand Ambassador @ beBee. Yes, to be ready for all difficulties, we need to have deep and strong roots.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Living on the edge must have its challenges. Having deep strong roots prepares us for the draughts we may encounter. If we stay strong and steadfast, we have a better chance of helping others survive. Shallowness presents the need for balance thus giving those with strong and deep roots a sense of purpose.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Thank you for formulating the type of roots humans need o have . This is the first comment to respond to this issue and I therefore welcome it heartedly.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Thank you for your timely comment Yogesh Sukal. Very ice and inspirational quote.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Thank you so much for your great comment Lance \ud83d\udc1d Scoular- you are truly a scholar Scoular. You deserve the title "The Scholar Scoular". Yes, I tend to favor "green"metaphors and by thais I mean metaphors derived from nature. Your onion example resonates with me. I appreciate your good words and I feel so encouraged by them.

Lance 🐝 Scoular

Lance 🐝 Scoular

4 years ago #11

Interesting and challenging concepts to cogitate on. For over 20 years in my Importing Exporting and International Trade Courses, I refer to the need understand the foundational basics that other concepts are built on. I use the analogy of the the critical but unseen foundations of a building, be that a one story home or a mulitstory office block. In this thought provoking article you open up a much more organic analogy, replacing foundations with roots. The concepts you invite us to consider are onion like. On many layers!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
Thank you for your nice comment and also for highlighting a crucial point that Sara Jacobovici mentioned in her first comment. Yes, we may have different proportions, but still we may coexist.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Appreciate your lovely comment Bill Stankiewicz, \ud83d\udc1d Brand Ambassador

Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

Great buzz

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Thank you dear debasish majumder and your comment has a special place in my heart. I am reading your last buzz and in fact started thinking about you. You write stories on people living on slopes and cliffs and this buzz should benefit greatly from your insights.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
The selected quote is the prime reason that urged me to write this buzz dear Sara Jacobovici. Thank you for your sharing..

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Not surprised at all my dear Sara Jacobovici that you highlighted the shallowness paradox. I agree with you completely in that proportions have a major role to lay and play. How deep is your writing "It's reality has the richness of its own depth"! This is a wonderful statement and warrants probing. So, reality could be as shallow plants wit shallow roots, or it could be deeply rooted in the soil. Where does reality get its "waters"? You mesmerised me with this deep thought. I also enjoyed reading why the balance of work-life is distorted. We may have deep roots in our work, but shall roots for our lives. ANd yet they live together "You wrote "What is interesting is that both the plant and the tree can actually survive side by side inspite of their different proportions". Is this also extensible to work and life? Very deep thinker you are Sara.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Thank you Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee. I must confess that your comment surprised me. DO I wish to be growing on a cliff? The reality is that sometimes we are "planted" by change and circumstances on a cliff.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #3

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee writes: "In our increasingly complex world requiring us to grow on cliffs and slopes we need to develop great roots to survive and help others survive too. We need strong roots to face life difficulties. I believe identifying what makes great roots for us is a worthy issue."

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #2

Beautifully written piece Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. An intelligent and insightful piece which I was able at the same time to experience in all its senses. I could feel the air and wind, hear the movement of the branches and leafs, smell the earth which supports the trees and see the beauty of every detail. In response to a couple of points, you write, "trees also face competition from plants with shallow roots as they get the first "touch" of rain and deprive trees from it. Sometimes shallowness helps. Is this a paradox of life?" The paradox can be that depths can be measured in comparison and obtain one result, while the proportions of the object measured will produce a different result. In other words, the plant is not "shallow" in proportions to its own species size. It's reality has the richness of its own depth. What is interesting is that both the plant and the tree can actually survive side by side inspite of their different proportions. And the second point, you write, "Genuine leaders have their roots firmed in what they do." With this statement Dr. Ali, you have written the law of integration. This is why the duality of work-life balance does not exist. Thank you as always for sharing how you see the world and our place in it.

Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

I think I avoid cliffs and slopes. I like the flat plane for equilibrium. Cliffs are scary places.

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