There’s a famous quote written on the first signpost as you enter Mammoth Lakes. “The mountains are calling and I must go.” Hopefully, one day, all of us will hear our own personal calling. But as much as we need to grow as individuals and move on to higher ground, we also need to spread out our roots and contribute something to each other. The great redwoods grow to heights nothing else can grow to, yet their root system is shallow. They have no main root that descends downward from the radicle and gives off smaller roots. Instead the roots spread outward sixty to eighty feet, supporting all the other great trees around them. In this way, the hundreds of gallons of water needed to sustain life is distributed equally along all their trunks from root to crown. So as great and pure as John Muir’s quote is, so is Mother Teresa’s: “If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out.” In nature we find meaning.

by Diego