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Tahira Endean has come to believe that Banyan trees have much to teach humans. She shares her thoughts about this fascinating tree, here.
To see a Banyan Tree is at first confusing, with its roots appearing to go up and down, but as we learn about them we see they are truly symbiotic.
They have deep meaning to the Indian villages where the Banyan tree is a gathering place, a town centre offering shelter and providing a huge canopy under which to trade stories and goods.
In other cultures they are home to spirits and resting places for both good and evil, to be worshipped or avoided depending on your particular beliefs. Some of the oldest and largest cover nearly an acre!
The genus of tree from which they come is also known as a “strangler fig” as it springs from berries who find their homes on other hosts, trees, walls or similar structures, and wrap their roots around making their home where they land. Once the tree begins to grow, it develops vines, which grow to the ground, eventually rooting in the ground they reach, and giving the tree another source of nourishment.
To me this is symbolic of many things, from parents giving birth to their children and slowly watching them grow until they find their own roots, and as they find their own roots they begin the process of first supporting themselves, and later, the parent (tree).
In business we go through a similar process as the more experienced members of the team bring in younger team members and allow them to find their way, and plant roots, making the entire structure stronger. When we understand that we need a combination of experience with enthusiasm, knowledge combined with fresh eyes to look at how we do things to grow, then our organizations become stronger for it.