Redwood Trees / by Tynesia Boyea-Robinson

Life Entrepreneurs
Life Entrepreneurs

My husband and I were in San Francisco celebrating our anniversary several years ago.  We decided to stop by Muir Woods in San Francisco so we could see the redwood trees up close and personal.  Now this was before the Rise of the Planet of the Apes(which, by the way was AWESOME) and had nothing to do with James Franco or the all knowing ape, Caesar.  This was because of an analogy I discovered after bringing the staff from Life Entrepreneurs to facilitate a session for my team.  Now I'm not sure if you've ever seen a redwood forest, but the trees are taller than some of the highest skyscrapers.  You walk away feeling both overwhelmed with your surroundings and underwhelmed with yourself.  It puts a whole new meaning to putting things in perspective, and in some ways is very frightening.  An engineer at heart (although like my love for basketball, I learned quickly to embrace my mediocrity in that field), I couldn't help but want to know how did this work?  How could these trees stand upright and not crash all around us?  The answer is both simple and instructive- redwood trees share their roots.  Underneath the surface, the roots create an interwoven fabric that support the tall heights of each individual tree.  It is physically impossible to support the weight of an individual tree without the network of roots.  Now I learned that in my session with our earnest facilitator, but there was nothing like seeing it in person, and it underscored my fundamental belief that we actually NEED each other to grow.  It's not weird, tree-hugging, save the world hippie nonsense, it's just true.  And it's not that we can't grow into pretty amazing trees on our own, but I'd rather be a redwood than a bonsai (and it has nothing to do with the fact that I'm a bit directionally challenged).