‘If it weren’t for that lone tree, I would…’ by Azwa Azwa


It was a typical summer evening and I was trodding swiftly through the forest. The cool, turbulent and refreshing wind blew through the vast forest. The brilliant sunshine streamed silently through the canopy of the trees. The birds were chirping, and their harmonious melodies filled the air.

The aromatic and sweet fragrance of the vibrant flowers wafted through the air. The river flowed swiftly and had clear, penetrating and transparent water. As I pressed on, cautiously and intently observing my surroundings, I noticed something that would change my life forever.

My keen gaze was immediately directed to a small and weak tree. The tree had extremely frail branches, and had a tall, thin trunk. The tree was surrounded by magnificent trees all of them immense and large in their size. They all gave the forest a surreal, mystical and enchanting appearance.

The small tree was dwarfed in comparison, and appeared odd and strange amongst the other trees. It was very different and unique. It continued to struggle and worked hard to grow, since the other trees were larger than it. It continuously worked meticulously and tried its utmost best to reach the level of the other trees. The tree was minute and dwarfish, but even then it continued to try to grow.

This fact pierced my heart and reminded me of the essential need to work hard. Even though it may be useless or amount to nothing putting effort into striving for betterment was necessary. Ceaseless hard work, as well as trial and error is what leads us to success. Continuing to try no matter how harsh or unreasonable the circumstances was needed.

“If a single tree could put so much effort into working hard, then why shouldn’t I?” I thought to myself. That tree had great moral value for me and it taught me a vital lesson-the lesson of remaining firm and steadfast. I would never forget that little tree, and I would often come to observe it. After the gradual passage of time, it became one of the large trees. All of its determination paid off and it became very admirable.

The tree greatly changed of my way thinking and I also began to work hard to achieve my goals, aims and dreams. I learned that by striving, everything is possible and that hard work betrays no one. If it were not for that lone tree, I would not have not put so much effort into anything.  I would lack determination and the will to work harder. I would also be attempting things more half-heartedly. That tree taught me a life lesson. A life lesson that I would never forget, and that changed my outlook and perspective on life forever.

About froebelianwriters

I am an English Language teacher teaching O'Levels Edexcel and CIE A Levels at Froebel's International School, Islamabad. I am also working as a Subject Specialist Literacy consultant for the same school. Writing and reading has always been a passion and I try my utmost to instill these habits and hobbies in my students as well. I can be reached/contacted at fabbas227@hotmail.com or 03365287335 Happy reading!

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