Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing about their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, ‘someday, I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems and be ornamented with complicated carvings. Everyone would see my beauty’.
The second tree said, ‘someday, I will be a mighty ship . I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull’.
Finally, the third tree said, ‘I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on the top of hill and lookup to my branches, and think of the heavens and god and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time, and people will always remember me’.
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After a few years of praying that their dream would come true, a group of woodmen came upon the trees.
Thoughts of Trees
One came to the first tree and said, ‘this looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter’, and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because it knew that the carpenter would make it in to a treasure chest. At the second tree, one of the other women said, ‘this looks like a strong tree. Should be able to sell it to the shipyard, “The second tree was happy, because it knew it was on its way to become a mighty ship. When the woodmen came up on the third tree, the tree was frightened, because it knew that, if it was cut down, its dream would not come true. One of the woodsmen said, “I don’t need anything special from tree, so I will take this one’, and he cut it down.
What happen to three trees?
When the first tree arrived at the carpenter’s, it was made in to a feed box for animals, placed in barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what is had prayed for. The second tree was cut and made in to a small fishing boat. In dream of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut in to large pieces and left alone in the dark.