There’s an African proverb that says, “A lone 🌲 tree cannot make a forest.”
This talks about a unity of purpose, to make things happen.
It’s often said, that no one is an island. We are not created to stand alone in everything. We’re made to collaborate, to form relationships.
Life is about collaboration. You can buy, only because someone is selling. You have shelter because someone was willing to build. You have a business because someone needs your services and is willing to patronise you. You have a job because someone needs your skills and is willing to hire you. You need others and others need you as well. It is co-dependence and inter-dependence. No one can truly do anything, all by themselves. We’re not just built that way.
Life is meant to be shared, and there’s love in sharing.
Does that mean we should hitch our wagon to just anyone’s?
No, of course not.
But we should not make the mistake of going the high road of not needing anybody. We can choose who to associate with. We simply have to choose wisely. We need to choose people who can help us grow and who we can help grow. That’s how a forest works.
Choosing the wrong company or choosing to remain in wrong company is like, trying to grow under a huge tree. The huge tree might seem like a shield from the harsh realities of life, but in the real sense, its preventing the trees under it from getting adequate nutrition directly from the elements, for proper growth. Neither will they have deep roots, because the roots of the huge tree will not only absorb most of the earth’s nutrients, but it will not give space for any tree under it or it’s immediate environs to take root.
Have you ever seen a tree growing under a huge tree, become as big as that tree? Trees growing under huge trees are limited to living in the shadows of the huge tree.
There’s a time to “get thee out from among them”, so that you can grow to your highest potential. But you still need thr right people to make that happen.
However, don’t let the absence of help or assistance stop you from venturing out on your own. It only takes one step of faith at a time. It is well.