The Lonely Wisdom

The Lonely Wisdom

I am forced to be alone. I am not seeing anybody because of my severe cold. I am pretending I am alone, but I am not as I spend most of my time on beBee reading and commenting. Then the last buzz of debasish majumder carried this background image. This timed with my publishing my previous buzz on Ideas Don't Move. Sara Jacobovici commented by writing "Because we can propel ourselves across space, we often forget that movement takes place on so many different levels. And, as you say, trees have much to teach us".

The Lonely Wisdom

Lonely trees and trees in a forest are the metaphors to address so many human issues. Where do we get our wisdom from a lonely tree or a tree in a forest or may be from both of them? The lonely woman and the lonely tree do they share similar experiences? The warmth of the questions made water run in my cold body.

I live in a dry zone which suffers from shortages of water. Naturally, my instinct went searching for examples of lonely trees living in desert areas. The Tree of Life in Bahrain has a life span of over 400 years. A lonely tree that accepted her living alone and excelled in sending her roots to great depths to find water. Survival has a cost. It takes huge efforts to arrive at the water, but this is an enriching challenge for reaching water at great depth teaches the tree how to evolve and adapt to future challenges. The wisdom is survival is possible if there is a will.

The Lonely Wisdom

When aloft alone to ponder on an idea I was rewarded with the findings of a new research on "Why a Tomato Has Stronger Survival Instincts than a Human?" The tomato plant is rooted to the ground and is unable to move. The plant has to be fully aware of its environment to adapt and survive. It turns out that tomatoes plants have very advanced sensory systems. Not only that, the sensory information from each part of the plant compiled to give a full-fledged image of the prevailing environment. Trees do the same. Trees feel the wind shaking their branches, and use this information to decide whether to grow tall and majestic or stubby and thick. Roots constantly monitor the soil, tasting and absorbing nutrients and also chemicals given off by other roots. Plants use these chemicals to communicate physiological states such as stress from lack of water. For a tree to be lonely in a desert it must then have ultra senses to cope with the environment and being alone.

You may notice that the few and distant tree of Saguaro Cactus as it has developed very shallow roots in spite of her "heavy" body and have ribs to store water, if it rains. Collecting water is solidified with prevention of water loss such as waxy skin. Some cactus plants don't have leaves and their shape reduces water losses.

The Lonely Wisdom

Trees can live alone by accepting their limitations. Does this mean that it is better to be alone? Or, a tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it? A tree is not a forest. A tree alone will not form a canopy to give shading to the trees when need. A tree might not stand against heavy winds on its own. Trees working together might lessen the harmful effects of the environment and even make it friendly sometimes. This dampening effect of collective trees is beyond the capability of one tree. There is a great book on read on this which explains why a tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it.

The Lonely Wisdom

I come back to my conclusion. The best tree may be that tree living on the periphery of a forest. It lives alone and with other trees. It is the one that lives on the edge of being alone. It develops the senses to meet the challenges imposed on her without sacrificing the benefit of collective wisdom by being part of the whole forest.

It is living on the edge of being lonely that brings the best of us. So ladies my advice for you is to stay on the periphery being alone without actually being left alone. This shall bring the best from you.


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Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
I invite Javier beBee for beBee is a startup. I believe this buzz is of relevance to the strategy of beBee and your comment fortifies this belief. I shall be ready to discuss in more detail should Javier wish so

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
Dear Mohammed Sultan- amazing is your ability to turn ideas into business ideas. I love the way you tink. I wish to meet with you one day in person. Lovely is your logic where startups should position themselves and I fully agree.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
Dear DILMA BALBI -Contratos e Gest\u00e3o- I know where you fall in my forest. It is where your inspiration makes my tree greener. Positioning is a great point that you raise in your comment.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
Dear Melissa Hefferman- your poetic comment moved me and your imagination is wonderful. This comment of your makes me far more aware f your subtle mind and heart. Now, I wish to make our connection far stronger than before. You have a lot to teach me.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
I genuinely respect your thinking dear Donna-Luisa Eversley and you have a sharp mind. It is on the edge normally that creative changes happen. Look at water how it has a surface tension. It is the edge between water and air that curious things happen.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Dear Irene Hackett- I am sure you are heading towards something substantial. Dear sister please read my buzz of today and it may help you in crystallizing out your thoughts. I am on a journey with you: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/washing-out-old-beliefs-and-habits

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
Beautiful and stunning your comment is dear Mohammed Sultan. It is so clear and deep that I urge the readers to read without blurring it with my intervention. Great comment it is

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
I am truly amazed by your ingenuity dear sister Irene Hackett. I started writing the buzz stating that even though I am alone in reality I am not. So, when you ask "Does a tree or a human thrive in isolation? This tree, alone in the desert may not have the company of other trees, but without other life forms to help pollinate, will its purpose be thwarted"? my response is no. An isolated tree can only survive by sensing its environment and responding to it. It could interact with birds, with ants by giving them a shelter so that the ants army may attack predators. Trees don't move, but they make others move for them. Humans are indifferent- but trees know better how to make senses of their senses. That is why I concur with you "As we connect more deeply with our 'inner universe' we develop that space that allows us to connect more fully in the 'outer universe' as we become aware of our 'oneness'. When I address you as my sister I do it proudly, dear Irene.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

The tree or the forest or both? What wisdom we get from a lone tree versus a forest? Do you prefer to be an alone tree or one in a forest? If in forest then where? This buzz offers responses to these questions.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
You have a "hand" in this post dear debasish majumder and you are in a way a co-author. I love the way that you described social responsibility in responsible terms. Yes, like a forest determines the quality of individual trees so are people in a social network or society or community. We need the individual and society members to strengthen each other so that both may grow healthily. Your addition is precious.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Thank you Aurorasa Sima for your enlightenment. Trees try to expand their growth potential first. For example, top leaves are smaller than the leaves below because they have more exposure to sunlight. We need to expand our limitations creatively before we indulge into competition. Trees that are alone in the desert may teach us a lot on how to do that.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
Thank you Mark Anthony for writing a thoughtful comment. I avoided giving more-in-depth scientific reasoning. Now, in appreciation of your mentioning tomatoes what I skipped writing in the buzz is that their genes are super to humans in sensing and analyzing compiled senses. These are new research findings from reputable research centers. It is meating mounting challenges with sense that makes the difference!!!

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Dear Melissa Hefferman- you touched my heart with your comment and quote. I realize that there is nothing I think of nobody else has not thought of. The difference is how we present what we know to the readers. I find myself saying too oh my goodness for your quote is superb, telling and speaks my hear. I greatly appreciate your heart-melting comment.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Dear Sara Jacobovicii- First, I am moved dedicating your lovely buzz to me. I loved it, commented and shared it. Sometimes, I say to myself may be I bored the readers with my writing about trees. Then your comment rubs off my doubts and I decide on continuing my discovery journey. This last comment of yours filled me with renewed determination to go on with what I am doing. Your childhood story evoked noble feelings inside me and few idea buds started to flower in my head. Because I trust your opinions fully this particular comment comes in the right time vibrating joy in my heart.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Dear Sara Jacobovici- First, I am moved dedicating your lovely buzz to me. I loved it, commented and shared it. Sometimes, I say to myself may be I bored the readers with my writing about trees. Then your comment rubs off my doubts and I decide on continuing my discovery journey. This last comment of yours filled me with renewed determination to go on with what I am doing. Your childhood story evoked noble feelings inside me and few idea buds started to flower in my head. Because I trust your opinions fully this particular comment comes in the right time vibrating joy in my heatr.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #4

Your work continues to move me Ali Anani. I have sat still with this Buzz longer than I have with the others. It has personally touched me. I can't comment on parts of the Buzz as I have experienced it in its totality. So, I will focus on your conclusion: "The best tree may be that tree living on the periphery of a forest. It lives alone and with other trees. It is the one that lives on the edge of being alone. It develops the senses to meet the challenges imposed on her without sacrificing the benefit of collective wisdom by being part of the whole forest." An important take away. I am reminded of a book (and thank you for your recommendation of the book you posted) that I read when I was 12 years old called, My Side of the Mountain. It is a children's adventure novel written by Jean Craighead George. It "tells the story of a 12 year old boy who learns about courage, independence, and the need for companionship while attempting to live in a forested area of the Sate of New York." It left an impression on me about the relationship between the human being with and in nature that I have carried with me throughout my life. It feels like your Buzz reconnected me with one of my early roots. Thanks Dr. Ali. Please check out this link as inspired by your work Dr. Ali. https://www.bebee.com/content/831719/816134

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
our comment, but I meant your comment

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Thank you for your obvious position on this issue Deb Helfrich. For the same reasons I find people on the peripheral of social networks are most adaptive and creative ones and not necessarily those with many great connections. I fully concur with our comment.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I tag Sara Jacobovici for I mentioned you in the buzz

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