Another thing that I love about roots is the fact that they grow towards nutrients. They do not gravitate towards things that will destroy them, make them weaker or towards lifeless nutrients. Instead, they grow towards what makes a tree healthy and strong (nutrients, warmth, minerals, oxygen and water).
Because of this, roots can grow anywhere: in the soil, on the surface of the soil and even in the air! If that is where the needed nutrients are, that is where they will grow.
Most of tree roots you will find actually find are in the top 6-25 inches of soil. This is because most of the nutrients are found here. Yet, the trees with the deepest roots are generally found in the harshest conditions, like the desert. Its roots can be as deep as the tree’s height! They travel deep down to find water.
With the media and everyone surrounding us, what do we grow towards? Do we grow towards fame? Fashion? Trying to fit in? Success? Money? Our self image? Or do we grow towards things that will feed us and benefit us?
Is this hard? Yeah, it can be and often times is. We can go searching for long periods of times and rarely find healthy nutrients. But this is a growing and stretching time, a time where you are establishing roots in what you choose to establish them in. (Yes, it is a choice, our choice.) No matter if we are in a desert or in an easier climate, we need to grow towards what is healthy.