Consider the silver maple in early spring.
Still barren of leaves for weeks to come and wanting nutrition since fall, it draws from scarce reserves to manifest thousands of seeds in fantastic propeller pods. Only after this epic act does it make leaves for it’s own sustenance.
Contemplate the Emperor Penguin.
Fasting for an entire season, he shelters a single egg-then-chick on foot for three months, taking on weather and relentless hunger, vigilant that the egg not roll to icy ground and certain demise.
Next, ponder the mom who assures the family that she doesn’t really care for pie, not because she doesn’t like pie, but because there are eight portions, and nine people around the table each evening.
And there is the dad who right now is driving cross country through the night to ransom his daughter from harm’s way.
Flora and fauna –
doing what they do:
sprouting seeds in a surge of effort,
skipping desserts for a generation of dinners,
driving all night after working all day.
but they are mostly
happening every moment
without hestitation or fanfare.
Investing in more than oneself
And what you get in return?
Oh, so worth it.