The today’s science tells us that we humans have much common with all living things on the earth. Okay, we are probably developed from monkeys, there is no news. But think about orchids, apple trees, pines or any of your favourite plants. We humans are not so much different from the plants.
- We all need food. The plants get nutrition from the ground, we humans get it from the grocery store.
- We both crave for water and can’t live without it. We humans survive the lack of water even less than the plants.
- We both need natural light to grow and stay healthy. Yes, also you do. Open your curtains, go out every day and read more from here.
- We all have a fundamental structure of living organism – the genome. The genome is a living thing’s complete set of genetic information, which it passes to it’s children. Both the human genome and plant genome contain around 25 000 genes. The basic DNA is very similar among all living organisms. We humans share for example 60 % of our DNA with a banana plant.
- We both need a healthy and stable environment to flourish. For a plant, it can be a sunny window in a nice pot with soil, which is regularly watered. For humans, the optimal environment is a bit more complicated. Most of us flourish best, when we have a safe, stable and loving home, something meaningful to do, easy contact with nature, healthy lifestyle and enough friendly and supporting people around.
- Both humans and plants have highly developed immune systems. We humans have an enormous advantage over plants because we can usually run away from threats or the harmful environment. The plants have just to stand and fight.
- We both might suffer from stress and react to it. The human stress just comes from different things than the stress of plants. Our stress is also more often mental when the plants feel merely physiological stress.
- We both appreciate the love and nurturing. My grandmother used to say, that her pelargoniums were so flourishing, because she did not only give them water, she also talked daily gently to them. She loved them. When I was young, I thought it was just strange, but nowadays I think she might have been right.
- Believe it or not, we both like to be close to our family. It has been proven in scientific research, that the plants prefer to be near their “children” rather than near the plants of the same species, who are not related to them. When the plants that are not linked are put to the same pot, they start to grow more roots to compete for water and nutrition. If the plants belong to the same family, that does not happen.
- Both humans and plants can sense, hear, learn, remember and communicate; we just do it in different ways. We have brains, ears, eyes and the language, the plants can process information without any of them. The plants can warn their colleagues if there is a threat around and also ask for help. It sounds crazy, but it seems to be true. Read more from here.
If you were a flower, what would you be?
If you were a flower, which kind of flower would you be? In what type of growth environment would you flourish best?
Are you currently starving in a too little pot with too little sunlight or are you standing happily at a sunny window producing your most beautiful flowers? Have you adapted well to your current growth environment or are you every day suffering in a wrong climate? Are you put in a too little pot with strangers, which take just your energy and room for living.
If you suffer, stop and move on. Try to create a better growth environment for yourself. Start a happier life. You have usually an ability to do that; the plants don’t.