Do you ever find yourself wondering if a tree could give advice, what kind of advice would it give to you?
Well here are some words of wisdom written by author Ilan Shamir. Take a moment and enjoy this
breath of fresh air from our education team here at the Highlands Center.

Advice from a Tree
Written by Ilam Shamir
Stand tall and proud
Sink your roots deeply into the earth
Reflect the light of your own true nature

Think long term
Go out on a limb

Remember your place among all living beings

Embrace with joy the changing seasons for each yields its own abundance

The energy and birth of spring
The growth and contentment of summer
The wisdom to let go like leaves in the fall
To rest and quiet renewal of winter
Feel the wind and the sun and delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night
Seek nourishment from good things in life
Simple pleasures: earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water

Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes

Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view

The picture below features a Ponderosa Pine, next time you come to the Highlands Center, be sure to
look up at one, give it a hug, and inhale the sweet smell of the bark.