Some tasks are time-consuming, others are not. Some require concentrated planning and effort, others are better accomplished day by day over a long period. Some are hard, some are easy. Some are indoors, some are outdoors. Some bring about visible changes that you love to look back on, others tend to be less appreciated.
One job that came up was particularly time-consuming, and less visibly-appreciable. However, the longer it was put off the more problematic it would become. The job was … digging up a tree–two trees actually.
Trees of Heaven have little practical connection with their name; almost a counterpart to the betel nut tree in Taiwan; a weed disguised as a tree. It’s roots grow long and break easily. Thus even when it is uprooted the risk remains that a new tree will sprout from one small root left behind. Thoroughness is required.
As I worked on this project, I knew it would be worth it all in the end because a few days labor now was going to save many days later. I also thought about the root of bitterness. It too requires great pains to uproot. May I encourage you to uproot that evil tree with thoroughness whatever the cost.
When the task was completed to my satisfaction I snapped a couple pictures before filling in the holes, gathering the tools and leaving the woods for the last time. Back at the house, no beautiful landscaping could be seen–but things were different. There was simply the peace of knowing that no longer did the deceptive Tree of Heaven have a root. It had been taken care of.
Knowing what factors will diminish
the effectiveness of my work or words