The end of the year is almost near, and I guess it’s good to start analyzing what I did the past months and what could still be done. Then, I realized one of the most rewarding things I did was to gift the environment a tree. Receiving a gift is one of the most wonderful feelings. Have you ever wondered what mother earth would feel when you gift her one? In this post, I’d like to share our experience on tree planting at Brgy. Bonbon, Cebu City. With the recent news about the cutting of South Cebu trees, activities like this one should really be pushed through. DPWH stands with its authority to cut tree within limits of a public road for public safety. Well, it’s really easy to cut a tree, but never to plant one. In response, I planted a tree, and it felt like home again.
I think it’s great to emphasize and understand the math of planting trees. If trees were destined to grow up to become the floor in our house, the paper we write on, the tissue we use, then, will it hurt to plant one? After all it’s a piece-work. Each piece took a bit of me with every seedling planted.
That same night, rain poured. After the cost of that day and if the seedlings didn’t survive, it’s normal to feel frustrated about it. It will turn out that nature took the opportunity to tell us that the feeling is mutual. Sad, right?
I planted a tree, and it was beautiful…
This is not the first time I joined a tree planting activity. However, it’s my first experience here in Cebu. Thanks to my friend CA of cacreateattention.wordpress.com for inviting me. Last Sunday’s tree planting activity was organized by Chasing Summit, and it was attended by over a hundred people. We just found this one out through Facebook.
It’s surprising how complete strangers come together for a common goal. It was then that I realized there’s so much potential for activities like this to prosper. Many are willing to help. It’s only that we need more people who can initiate. In short, we need more leaders.
We met various groups of people. Some are couples looking for meaningful way to spend their Sunday, graduate students attending the activity in fulfillment of their subject’s requirements, company employees making sure their social responsibility is being acted upon, father-and-son thinking that planting a tree is a good way to bond, and plain us – all carrying willing spirits.
After all, it’s fun…
We met new friends. We encouraged each other to have fun. Digging a hole is never easy, but we made a way to add a little spice by challenging each other to finish digging first. Our hearts celebrate with every tree planted. We took pictures. It was memorable.
Call for Action
If you are thinking of joining activities like this, technology makes it easier to reach out. In just a few clicks, you can find various initiating organizations which are also looking for volunteers like you and me. Facebook and other platforms are truly effective in getting invitations and messages across.
I’ll just make this short, just like how it is to cut a tree. For the rest of us, the only way to keep this running is to surrender to the experience.
Cha of Little Misadvencha is a Filipino Civil Engineer, researcher and a fur mom. She came from General Santos City and finds that everything in life teaches her a lesson. She is inspired to write about and out of her experiences, but later found out that it was her experiences that actually inspire her.