On Being Rooted
Conceptually, we find many similarities in the growth of humans and plants. Water, sunlight, nourishment and even kind words are all necessary in the development of both organisms. Evidence suggests that plants even exhibit the same senses as humans -- plants can see, touch, smell, hear and taste the environment around them.
Although the manifestations of these similarities differ greatly from human to plant, the fact that we can still find these similarities leads us to believe that finding inspiration in nature, not only for reasons involving not only art and beauty, but also health and wellness, may not be such a far stretch.
In particular, humans and plants, in order to successfully grow and develop into full and active beings, must first have roots -- both literal and metaphorical. Whether they be in the ground or in a hometown, roots are essential for the plant or human when it comes to finding a place to call home.
Like humans, a large percentage of what makes up the plant is unseen on the surface. The organism is composed of millions of minute genetic details that interweave and interact to produce something completely new, something the world has not seen before. No two beings are exactly the same. It’s the roots of these life forms that have the strongest influence on why the body is the way it is.
Finding our roots, as human beings, takes time. A plant doesn’t grow its roots overnight, and neither do we. A seed is planted, and with the right circumstances, the roots can flourish and grow into something great. In the right environment, the plant reaches its full potential; so can we.
We find our roots in our environment -- in the land we live on, in the air we breathe, and in the people we choose to be around. Our roots are our home, and they take time to prepare and nurture. The more time we spent cultivating an environment where our roots can thrive, the more enriched our lives become.
Even when we must become uprooted, when we must move away from the land we’ve come to know and love, we know the benefits of being rooted. We know how good it feels to have a place to call home. We know how good it feels to belong.
So we try again. We cultivate the land, and we begin again. It takes time, sweat and labor, and it forces us to learn something new. We have to adjust and break out of our comfort zone. From this discomfort comes growth, and from that growth, we again find ourselves rooted.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” - Rachel Carson