The Best Time to Plant a Tree: Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.

John Cousins
February 7, 2023
2 min read
Meetings with Remarkable Trees

The best time to plant a tree may be twenty years ago, but the second best time is certainly now. Whatever you want to do, begin it. Just start doing it. The universe will conspire to with your efforts and present you with opportunities and resources that obviously would not have come your way if you weren’t committed to the undertaking.

Don’ think it’s too late to begin. It’s never too late to be what you might have been. And don’t think it’s too soon. The timing will never be perfect. Just begin and make the needed course corrections as you go.

“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood.”

–Terence McKenna


The gatekeeper society of the past is gone. You no longer need permission to record music, make videos, publish your writing, or broadcast your talk show. You never needed permission to write a poem, draw a picture, or write a song.

All it takes it the courage and commitment to begin, and the perseverance to keep going.

Commit to doing something you have always wanted to do. Commit to doing it everyday for a half hour. Set aside that time and make it non-negotiable. You will begin to so look forward to that time where you sequester yourself and make your dream become real.

Start today.

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