The Plane Tree

The Plane Tree
Aesop's Fables - The Plane Tree

A group of young trees were discussing their future intentions one day. Every tree has a desire of growing up to be something remarkable and significant.

"I want to be the tallest tree in the forest and give shade to all the animals," the oak tree declared.

"I want to be a graceful dancer, swinging in the breeze," the willow tree declared.

"I just want to be a basic tree, standing tall and strong, giving shelter and shade for those who need it," the plane tree declared.

The other trees made fun of the plane tree's modest goals. They remarked, "That's not very exciting." Why not strive for something more significant and impressive?

The plane tree, however, persisted in his ambition. All the creatures that sought shelter under his branches were given shade and protection as he grew into a strong and dependable tree.

The moral of the narrative is that we should stop continuously aiming for more and instead learn to be happy with who we are and what we have. The most valuable and gratifying things in life are occasionally the most basic things.