Trees, Elections and Game of Thrones

Long term growth vs short term victories.

Every day we have the opportunity to make the most of the day ahead. Whether we wake up bleary-eyed or jump out of bed, the day is there for the taking.

We can choose to act however we like. Of course, within the framework of our personality, genetics, predispositions and the rules of the society we find ourselves within. We can either choose to do what is expected, what is easy or to go against the grain and do something remarkable.

Each day we decide to either plant seeds for the future or to consume the fruit from the trees planted by those who came before us. 

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in”

It has been an interesting week in the wake of the latest election, there has been much dissent coming from my circles (or echo chambers) about the dissatisfaction about the result. Which was, somewhat of a surprise to many voters on the losing side. It turns out Sportsbet paid a few million to those who backed labour, a few days prior to the election. 

​​But, as we were reminded, nothing is guaranteed. The only certainty is uncertainty, and if the political landscape is anything to go by, crazy shit can happen, think Trump, Brexit and now Scomo. 

Last weekend we chose what kind of country we want to be for the next few years. I say we because as a country that is upheld by a democracy (mostly) it is the collective opinion that has decided the outcome. We can sit here and argue that certain states or certain age groups ‘swung the result’ But it is not our place to do so. Nor will it change anything, so best we accept it, and move on. 

Complaining never contributed anything worthwhile, that shit is contagious, we don’t need it.

Same goes for the ending of Game of Thrones, bad luck if you didn’t like it. As George R.R Martin said ‘Art is not a democracy, people don’t get to vote on how it ends’. Let’s appreciate what is, rather than what we want it to be.  

I’m in it for the long haul, we all should be. The long haul, as we well know, is made up by millions of short hauls. Each day, each moment is an opportunity to contribute to the world you want to live in, and a world you want your children to grow up in. 

Take it upon yourself to plant a tree you won’t sit under the shade of. Take it upon yourself to contribute. Hopefully, our, politicians decide to do the same.

As always, if you’d like to connect, you know where to find me.


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