How Your Work is Like an Oak Tree Through the Seasons
The four seasons.
The four parts of the brain.
The four stages of an oak tree’s lifetime.
A dormant seed in Winter,
A new sprout in Spring,
A sapling in Summer,
And all over again
If the tree survives.
Your thousands of idea iterations.
Like thousands of acorn falling.
Most will die.
Some survive to live on and fruit again.
- My earlier Jill Bolte Taylor episode covers how Mind, Body, Heart, and Spirit correlate to the four main parts of the human brain.
- The Recreation Cycle is my name for the Change Cycle that permeates Nature, Art, Literature, Religion and of course, oak trees.
- I’m pretty sure the Cicadas are back for the summer. My outdoor recordings are about to get a lot more loud!
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[0:18] Can you hear that sound?
[0:27] Okay, now there’s a freaking jet. Typical.
Well, that sound is what I was hearing yesterday, thinking it was a cicada. So it was the exact same sound, in a different location.
And now, of course, we’re hearing a big old jet engine so I’m trying to talk loudly so that you can hear me because that’s how audio works.
If there’s something loud in the background you have to be louder than that and try not to screw the whole thing up.
So I’m also hearing some wind in the trees. I guess I’m hearing the leaves hitting each other. And that’s a great sound. Trees are swaying. They have new leaves, mostly. Just a few weeks old.
It’s… mmm… is it late spring? Yeah, getting, towards late spring. That’s kind of a sad thought. Let’s call it middle spring.
Ah, seasons. Spring is, I think, it is my favorite season. Although I do love fall, and summer has great qualities and so does winter.
I love it all, but spring’s my favorite because stuff just pops out and there’s all this new possibility and the end of winter is always a great thing.
[1:53] So, on the note of seasons, thanks to Mr. Cicada, a summer season insect who started this recording.
Seasons, there are four of them, and I think for whatever reason human beings have divided the four seasons.
I guess you could divide it up even more, like we’ve divided the months, but the four seasons are pretty hard to deny, and they’re pretty distinct.
[2:28] And believe it or not, those four seasons line up pretty well with the pattern I talked about yesterday, mind, body, heart, and spirit.
And the reason I bring that up again is it’s just an excellent way to look at the human psyche, to look at yourself, to ask yourself that super important question, who am I?
If you lookat it through those four lenses which align with the four seasons, at least I believe they do.
Spring with new possibility, things are just coming out and you’re trying something new. So a tree shoots out of the ground from a seed that has been buried all there buried there all winter.
It decides to make an attempt out into the world. And if it can survive the heat of the summer and all the dangerous things, if it can make it into the fall and winter again.
[3:33] You know, a tree usually can last several seasons.
It just grows and grows where eventually it becomes,if it’s lucky, it becomes the tree that drops the next seeds.
And these, I’m looking at these oak trees in my backyard and you know, over time they drop hundreds of thousands, of acorns, or some people call them a-kerns.
[4:03] They’re seeds and they end up in the ground or they end up in the belly of a deer and maybe that one gets pooped out a few miles away with some super good fertilizer, which is amazing if you think about it, that whole system, or maybe a squirrel buries it.
Another amazing thing nature does. Isn’t nature amazing? It really is if you start to pay attention and think about how amazing both of those things are.
It’s like these trees have got deer working for themand squirrels.
How in the world did they figure that out? Or was it just chance?
We don’t know. but that acorn that goes in the groundand sits there until spring to sprout up, that is like us trying something new.
It’s like me trying to get out these podcasts and hopefully I’m getting better and better at it each time I go.
Now, I’m making a lot of mistakes.
A lot of these are gonna die.
They’re gonna wither. They’re not gonna turn into much, but one of them, I’m willing to guess, going to grow into a great big new productive oak tree.
Now I don’t know which of the thousands of podcasts, the thousands of acorns that’s going to be.
[5:23] But I have hope that that’s what’s going to happen. And I’m not really doing it for that, but I’m just doing it because I want to do it, which is probably what the oak tree does.
It just does it because it wants to do it.
Maybe it’s not so smart that it knows it has to release hundreds of thousands over its lifetime to just get one oak tree.
In fact, that’s what science tells us, is that’s pretty much how it works.
One of these huge oak trees is going to produce one other oak tree like it, which is enough.
So that’s my thought on the seasons, the cycle of change, what I was just describing there. I call it the change cycle, sometimes I call it the regeneration cycle, (and the Recreation Cycle )
The generations of the oaks you see, the generations of our ideas as some of them grow into fruitful things and some of them wither in the ground or maybe they get eaten by a deer and get pooped out somewhere else.
You just don’t know, do you?
I’m David Bourne. You can hear more episodes like this at… davidbourne.com.
There it is….
Do you hear it? Kind of sounds like a, a hair dryer, but that is a cicada, I’m pretty sure. I doubt you can hear it.
[6:52] It’s going to get louder. They are going to get louder as more and more of them come out.
So we’ll get that this summer. Until then folks,
I’m David Bourne.
See you out there. Cheers!