By: Shazia Yousuf
Roots of a tree are not visible, what is seen by the world are the shoots, leaves, flowers and fruits that the tree bears. The health and the growth of a tree depends a lot on the roots, but it is not visible to the world, its apparent significance is barely any.
So is the case with humans. Your ancestors may have been humans of great substance, but that in no way makes you equally great. Your roots may mean a lot in who you are, but what matters more is the fruits of kindness, compassion, selflessness, courtesy, forbearance that you reap.
"A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love." - Saint Basil