"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."

This Warren Buffett quote reminds me of the trees that I have sat under.
  • My parents planted many trees. I still sit in the shade of their love for me.
  • Taxpayers in New York City planted trees that gave me an excellent education.
  • A company planted a pension tree and I enjoy a comfortable retirement.
  • Our nation's founders planted trees that provide shade to those who long to be free.
  • A man once planted a tree of eternal life for me as he hung on a cross.
My prayer is to be a tree planter. A man who thinks past today. One who is concerned more about providing shade than sitting under it. Someone who wants to leave a legacy of love and compassion. It is my prayer for you too.


  1. Beautifully said. I feel the best we can hope for is to be such tree planters. The first thing that popped into my head when I saw your post was the Johnny Appleseed song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_IrdS-zu48

  2. I really want to leave a legacy of Love and Compassion.
    These last 2 weeks of our Church summer camps have been lessons in Love and Compassion.
    I have loved eery minute of them but, boy am I tired!!

  3. Yes, legacy is huge. I can't really say my grandparents or even my parents have left much of one or anyone in my family, but Iam determined to change that, even whilst having to carry the burden of divorce forever on my shoulders.

    1. Thanks MMm. I think that love always leaves (sometimes invisible) traces of legacy.


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