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You Reap What You Sow

You Reap What You Sow

I used to do long drives to the South of Cebu all the way to Dumaguete City via a ferry.

Driving for 4 hours, because the speed limit that I have for myself is only 80kph, can be boring and daunting. I thank God for Waze and Spotify for being my guide and keeping me company during those times. But what I appreciated the most were the trees that I see along the way. Their green leaves calm me down, and I really adore the Cave Trees in Carcar City. They are magnificent and a beautiful sight to see. Definitely the most pleasant experience in the South, aside from the long Ocean View at Oslob.

There has been a lot of tree-cutting activities around Cebu lately, due to the road widening and clearing efforts of the government.

I know that what they are doing is legal and that they are just taking away anything that obstructs traffic and the sidewalks. But I do believe that there are other ways to do so. To save the age-old trees who have been providing us with oxygen and the necessary shade from the tremendous heat of the Sun. They do us more good than harm. So when I saw the petition to save the Carcar Cave Trees on social media, I signed it without second thoughts. And shared it for everybody else to chime in, if they so wished. And saved them, we did!

I was reading through my Giving Journals and in my 2016 book, I wrote tree-planting as one of my goals for that year which never happened.

Looking for a Tree Planting Activity is not that easy. There are but a few who organize such and it has to be in coordination with the Environmental Agencies of the government as well. So, I didn’t appreciate it when some people thought that I was just whining about the trees on Social Media. Because I really do care about them. And when I was invited to the Facebook Group of Chasing Summits, I clicked on join right away. I asked Cha Esper, of littlemisadvencha.com, if she’d like to join me since she has mentioned her interest in such an activity just recently. And off we went to Bonbon, Cebu last Sunday, October 27, 2019 for Native Tree Planting – Segment 1. We had to go on a motorcycle ride, normally called “habal-habal” and mind you, I don’t like riding on one. But I made an exemption for this particular event.

Chasing Summits Tree Planting Event

The activity started late but ended earlier than scheduled. I don’t really want to complain when an event’s planned schedules are not met because as we know, unexpected things can happen on the actual day. I have experienced organizing a feeding + arts and crafts activity before and it almost brought me to tears. Cancellations and delays do happen, and there is really not much that you can do but find impromptu ways to turn things around. And sometimes, it can be a thankless job as some people will groan or criticize your efforts instead of appreciating all of the things that you had to go through before, during, and after the event.

Anyway, going back to last Sunday, we met the different groups who have dedicated their Sunday Morning for Mother Earth.

We’ve met Sir Allan Saballa of Alpha Phi Omega and his son Luigi who was kind enough to let us ride with them in going further upwards and was generous enough to share their seedlings with us. Good thing Cha and I brought trowels so we were able to lend them one while we worked in pairs to plant the seedlings.

Very happy to note that we’ve planted native trees such as Narra and Amugis! Cha shared an article with me that we have to be careful which trees we plant. Mahogany is a vain and selfish type of tree from the U.S. which seeps all of the nutrients for itself and it kills the neighboring local native trees of the Philippines around it. We do need to get to know which trees we plant, in which area, and how far each has to be from each other. Next time, I’ll make sure to be well equipped with all the knowledge that I need.

Optum • Hugot Trekking • University of the Visayas • Alpha Phi Omega

People plant a tree for differing reasons. Some started caring about the environment, some have kind hearts that naturally care about everything that has life, and for some it’s part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. Whatever the reason may be, the Earth will be grateful for it. 

Jesus Reigns Forever and Ever

By the way, Cha and I go to the same Church, Christ’s Commission Fellowship, which meant that we’ve missed Church together. So the best part of going up to Bonbon was finding a huge sign in the designated planting area that says “JESUS REIGNS”! God has never failed to amaze me in leaps and bounds.

My friendship with Cha is one of the greatest blessings that I have received this year.

She has brought me back to Church, and is the very person who has pushed me to go for blogging as she is a blogger herself. Has encouraged me to do better with Financial Management as well. She makes me want to become a better person by being a living example of what a kind and compassionate heart looks like. She is a dedicated stray animal rescuer. Aside from all of the above-mentioned, she is someone who thirsts for learning and has inspired me to read and learn more. She is an epitome of Continuous Personal Development.

And here she is, planting trees by my side. Together, we were able to plant 6-7 trees in 2 hours time. She has been a great source of support, and I pray that everyone has one in their life. How supportive, you ask? Most of the photos that you’ll see on this feed are from her camera. She is more than willing to share them with me.

Me and My Partner in Crime

It was very hot from 8 to 10AM, and yes, we had to make several holes because the soil was hard to dig up as we do meet some dead end rocks underneath. Thank God for the rain the night before, that softened the soil on the actual day. We were worried about a downpour, which will lead us to skip the event, but It’s amazing how God made things work out after all.

Planting a tree is not easy.

Growing it, is the challenge! Please think before you cut one down. It will take years for the ones that we’ve planted to become big and strong. Thinking of visiting our babies every now and then, to check how they are growing. As mentioned in the event, the goal is not just tree-planting but more on tree-growing.

After planting some trees and making some new friends along the way, it’s nice to know that there are still some people who care about the environment. The same concern can bring different people together. After all, Mother Nature is a beauty worth preserving.

It was my very first experience, and praying that it wouldn’t be my last. And so, I’ll end this feed with this question below…

I don’t own this photo. Found this on FB and there’s is no copyright infringement intended. It’s a photo from saytrees.org.

What are your thoughts on reaping what we sow?

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