Reena’s Exploration Challenge #90 — Compromise

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This world as we know it is one big compromise. If it wasn’t, life couldn’t exist on planet Earth. As I sat here trying to think of the topic, I looked outside at the pear tree in the back yard. The pear tree is alive because of compromise. From the perspective of the tree, it wants to be the biggest, most fruitful tree it can be. If there was not compromise and the tree had its own way, it would grow so big and be so fruitful, there wouldn’t be room for anything else but it, and the planet would consist of one massive pear tree.

As we are all here, and the pear tree is an average-sized tree that produces varying numbers of pears each year, it means that the pear tree has compromised. It has agreed to have a space to grow to a reasonable size and to grow its fruit each year. It has made a compromise with the soil, the air, the water, the nutrients it draws from the soil and the life-sustaining elements in the air that give it live. It has reached a compromise with the bees, other insects, and any other living thing, to trade its pollen with them in exchange for their pollinating its fruit. The sun is also a partner in that it shines on the tree to help it grow and to produce. All of these partners also help the tree to reproduce when its seeds fall to the ground inside of the fruit. The squirrels, birds, and us humans help the seeds to be released from the fruit and often we plant the seeds for the tree.

Anything or anyone who exists on this planet is likewise in a compromising position with the rest of the planet’s inhabitants and natural elements. When I think of the arrogance of humans, who so often live in a deluded bubble of thinking they can abuse and exploit unchecked without giving back to the accomodating majority who, through their compromising natures, share life and themselves with us, my heart grows weary, as this delusion may end up killing life on Planet Earth as we know it.

Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:
Welcome to Week 90!
PROMPT FOR THIS WEEK
The word ‘compromise’ is just a theme. It need not appear in the piece. There is no harm if it does appear, or a synonym. The choice is yours.

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Great analogy Jade Li and so well put.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Len 🙂

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  2. Sadje says:

    You have stated the truth as it it. We exist in a state of compromise.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome dear

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  3. cagedunn says:

    … so true

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  4. Reena Saxena says:

    What you describe is a process of symbiosis. On the other hand – I came across a post today, saying that “Emotions can be bottled up for so long. They are bound to overflow after that.”

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think that things flow best in the “happy medium”. What I think you’re saying is a person who allowed an extreme amount to build up and, like a pressure cooker, it vented. If a person can learn to recognize when they feel the buildup and find a way to release it before it gets too bottled up, the venting won’t be a volcano erupting.

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      1. Reena Saxena says:

        Agree. That’s emotional intelligence.

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  5. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Compromise ….. by MS Jadeli

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  6. selizabryangmailcom says:

    A great flowing, all-encompassing way to look at compromise, and so true, and the Goldilocks zone IS the best confluence of events working in harmony, isn’t it? Too bad we humans aren’t better at it…….

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Egos and agendas go hand in hand and that is where the trouble begins. The trick is to accept your ego because it is part of who you are, but keep it submissive to the rest of who you are.

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  7. badfinger20 says:

    Our society is a disposable society. Cars, computers, phones, household appliances,…nothing is repaired anymore…it isn’t made to be repaired. Why should the environment be any different to that mindset?

    It’s an I want it now at any cost demand now…Compromise is looked at as a weakness…I’ll stop my rant now.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You are so right, Max. It’s exactly as you say. Unless parents teach their kids the value of the environment, they aren’t going to pick it up from other sources either. I’d like to know when it shifted from quality products that lasted forever to this disposable mindset so more products can be bought. Please feel free to rant any time you want. I love rants and have been known to indulge a time or two myself.

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  8. badfinger20 says:

    Thank you… It all goes hand in hand.
    We bought a dishwasher for 800 bucks..lasted 6 years…It wasn’t the money that made me upset… it was the cheapness of how it was designed to break down. We got a 90s model now…not only is it still working…its better.

    Same with TVs and everything else. The field I’m in…nothing is made to be fixed anymore. Computers are meant to be disposed of and get a new one. We rape the environment and wonder why things go bad.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      And those CRTS are full of poisoned gas aren’t they? I know what you mean about appliances. I had a couple of hot water heaters put in last year. I asked how long will they last and the plumber said “about 10 years.” They used to last twice that long and be half the price!

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      1. badfinger20 says:

        They are not good for the environment…that is for sure.
        I was at a yard sale a few years ago and I got a green seventies blender…my wife laughed…she is not laughing now…we use it because our new one went out….and this thing could mix iron lol…metal parts! Imagine that!

        They did last longer and also Central Air Units only last around 10 years now

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  9. -Eugenia says:

    Wonderful post and it’s unfortunate so many don’t appreciate the earth. Where would they be without our glorious planet?!

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  10. Michael says:

    Very wise thoughts Jade..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Michael 🙂

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