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Voice from Volunteers: Say "Hi" to trees

By Iwona B Gortowska

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Editor's note: Million Tree Project is not all about planting trees, it's also an initiative to raise environment awareness and encourage public to take responsibilities to protect the nature and the earth. That's a reason why MTP works closely with schools. Each year, over ten schools help fundraise and plant trees. And when they do come to Inner Mongolia, they always get back with a better understanding of the environment issues, the importance of tree planting initiatives and more.

Let's hear from Ms. Iwona B Gortowska from Shangde School, who joined the planting trip in April and see what take aways she shared with her students back in Shanghai.

Let me ask you a question.

What kind of a seed is in you?

See, I believe part of our responsibility in life is to find out who we are, to discover ourselves.

First of, we need to respect our nature.

We need to realize we are part of a continuing chain that carries a legacy and a responsibility.

And if that’s the case, that we need to recognize that we were NOT biological coincidences. And I believe that YOU were intentionally created for a myriad of purposes.

There are many things we can do with our lives, and I think it’s our job to find out what those things are and to do them as well as we possibly can so that we’re passing along the right imprint for the next generation.

And that’s just simply my life philosophy, that’s the way I look at it.

So first, we need to respect our nature.

Second, we need to know our nature.

Take Aristotle’s advice, ‘Know Thyself’, but know things about yourself that most people don’t discover.

For example, know how you’re smart, not just how smart you are in comparison to others.

In what ways are you smart?

Know what you care about. Are you a caring person? What are the values, the principles that motivate your choices?

Know what your personal VELOCITY is, the intensity of drive with which you naturally operate.

Know the background imprint, positive, neutral, or negative, that you carry with you and what effect it’s had on you. Know your behavioural style, how you come across to other people. Know the patterns in your choices so that you’re continually learning more and more about what’s it like to be you, so you can do an even better job of it. Make sure you are the life long learner.

And then we need to apply our nature, we need to nurture our nature by expressing ourselves in the world.

See, I never expected to be more but ordinary, I was raised to be nice and ordinary, as it’s safer.

AND boring.

Is my, your life about doing boring things over and over again?

Is your life just a rehearsal until you reach a certain level of perfection and get a second chance, a second life to live it the perfect – ISH way?

Is your life about being bored and wasting your time playing computer games?

Nice and ordinary, ordinary and nice.

Nice and ordinary, safe AND boring…

However, I realized that being a risk taker, pushing yourself out of a comfort zone motivates you to be MORE. That became my vice, my liking. I got the bug. I felt something had been missing if I stayed in my comfort zone for TOO long.

And that discovery has changed everything.

To tell you in secret: the One Million Tree Project had been my dream, my goal for 5 years. I am happy and grateful that I could fulfil that dream, I achieved one more goal in life. We made an impact and we left a mark. We revitalized the nature, we planted 480 pine trees. We helped, were caring, and out of comfort zone. We learned a lot.

Let me share my secret with you, one method that works.

Earl Nightingale, the guru of personal motivation would say, ‘ If you spend one extra hour each day, studying your chosen field, you’ll be a national expert in that field in five years or less.

I started reflecting, thinking of what makes me happy, then moving from thinking to doing: say five days a week, 50 weeks a year that’s 1,250 hours over five years.

Wow, yeah, I could actually do something that changes my life from boring and ordinary to happy, satisfied and caring.

What do you want to be an expert at? What makes you feel right, content, and happy? Why not change the environment you live in? Why not be mindful about nature, trees, and our planet? Why not say hello to the trees and give them people names? Why not reflect on your huge impact… remember the calculation: 1 hour a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year and that’s 1.250 hours over five years to find your goal, knowing WHAT you want to be and do, HOW to do it and most importantly WHY you want to do it?

Remember the acorn is super tiny but it grows into a ginormous, strong, and beautiful tree. The same with you: today you are small and young people with enormous potential, YOU are MORE than you THINK you are. 1 hour a day it’s not that much. Set your goal today and say HI to the trees.

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