Bonsai Tree Care – Helping Others
A few weeks ago I wrote about how much we can learn about bonsai tree care from other enthusiasts. They are usually very willing to give advice and encouragement that will help us to make progress on our bonsai journey.
I was reminded about the importance of both accepting and giving advice by an experience I had this week.
Here in the U.K. we have had significant snowfall that has caused severe disruption to normal life. The other day I had listened to the forecast and snow was promised overnight. So I thought it would be safe to call on some friends and then get back home before the snow started.
As it happened the snow came early and I was surprised by the amount of snow that had fallen in a short time. But I wasn’t worried as it’s less than a five minute journey home.
There was already a long queue of traffic so my plan was to turn up a side street to avoid it. I got about 50 metres up the road and the traffic was at a standstill. I realised that the cars in front of me were in trouble – their tyres were simply spinning on the same spot and could not get any traction.
And then the same thing happened to me. So I decided to get out to work out what to do and discovered that the road was like sheet ice!
I knew I was in trouble and in need of some help.
Then these two guys who were walking past stopped because they could see all the drivers were struggling (and not just the female ones!).
They were just so helpful and offered advice and encouragement to us all. I have to say I was a bit sceptical at one stage when one of them, after suggesting a route, offered to push me if there was a problem – how can one guy push a car up a steep hill I thought to myself?!
Anyway his advice worked and I eventually made it home in one piece.
And the moral of the story? People who you’ve never met before are more than happy to put themselves out to help strangers. And believe me, when you’re in need of help both the advice and friendly encouragement to keep going make all the difference!
And this principle applies whether we’re struggling with the snow and ice or with our bonsai trees!