Buy a new car by Skip 20200331

Buy a new car by Skip 20200331


Brought to you by Skip and a century of forestry research
Decision analyses are based on patterns of change in forests with the goal:
To create a more meaningful life


Decision Forest Summary


Skip’s life decision:
Buy a new car?

The possible answer:
Yes, buy a new car.

How this changes your forest:
Grows a small tree

This change is best for:
Increasing diversity for more effective use of resources

Your current forest:
Mature secondary


This decision is:


Investing in small trees can be difficult when there are bigger things on your mind; it also might not be the most efficient use of resources; but, growing small trees often increases the functional diversity of your forest which means they fill a unique role in your life that leads to a stronger, healthier forest long term. Just don’t overcrowd your forest with too many new trees.

 


Similar to people, forests are complex and always changing.
Patterns of change in forests can help us make decisions in our own lives.
Understand where you are now:

Your Current Forest


About Your Forest
STRENGTHS:
– A diversity of sizes generally indicates some trees are better adapted and currently more important than many other smaller trees.

WEAKNESSES:
– While each tree has the potential to have long life, many are typically lost in time.
– All trees need to grow to stay important – thus it is difficult to stay at this stage for an extended period and smaller trees generally are forced out by larger trees.
– Lost trees are not gone! – see what it means to lose a tree : lose a tree
– Due to intense competition for resources, new trees tend to be rare unless replacing others, and they tend to be more susceptible to unexpected disturbances.
– Most often, the largest trees will continue to grow and the weakest will fade until there are just a few large trees and no new or small trees.

Translation: This life has a few deeply meaningful things that are going to stick with them through tough times. The main challenge is these meaninful things may take up more and more time, which can push out other less important things. For example, having a girlfriend may seem more important than doing homework and grades may suffer. This competition for your time can be difficult and this friction can make unexpected issues more frequent.

Your Previous Forest
i. Old Growth (Diverse tree sizes from incredibly important through new and full of potential – Trees are well adapted and supportive of each other)
How You Got Here
Retirement: I retired after working for 40+ years in two careers
Primary Cause of Change
Retiring = Both better and worse
How is Life Now?
Both better and worse
Age Group
60’s

This Decision: Grows a small tree

How this changes your forest:
Growing small trees makes those trees more resistant to disturbance and less likely to be out-competed. Without growth, most small trees are lost eventually (although some are known to hang out for decades). Small trees often add diversity to the forest and better utilize unique resources.

Translation: All of life’s most meaningful aspects started small at one point; growth is key to keeping them healthy. Often these small things add diversity to your life and fill a unique role in your life that would otherwise be empty. Occationally these small things have the opportunity to fill a larger gap in your life.

Ideal for:
Increasing diversity for more effective use of resources

Less ideal for:
Those who already have lots of small, shallow-rooted trees, compared to deep-rooted large trees that are better at resisting disturbances.





 

Note: this future forest represents the direction your forest may be heading.
Your actual forest change may be much more subtle depending on the magnitude of the decision.

Your Future Forest


About Your Expected Future Forest
– The Dynamic nature of this forest indicates that it is in an environment that is not fully stable, which tends to result in more trees overall.
– More trees tends to be better resilience (ability to bounce back) to disturbances.

Otherwise this forest is the same as Old Growth:
– There will still be several old trees, some large, some slow growing and smaller.
– New diverse uniquely adapted trees continuously establishing without taking away from existing trees.
– Small trees can maintain very slow growth for extended periods without being lost.
– This forest has been through several cycles of: Disturbance that has strengthend the remaining trees and increased species diversity.
– Deep soils (many trees lost and decomposing) create disturbance resistance and improve the ability to establish new trees.
– Trees are diverse and often intertwined (leading to mutual strength).

This forest type is rare, difficult to reach, and may not be suitable for most.
– It requires embracing change and balancing tree growth with diversity
– This includes establishing new trees that can eventually force out old less-suitable trees.
– This forest requires making decisions on which trees are best adapted for your forest.

Translation: Everyone wants to be a well-rounded person with a supportive community but it is surprizingly difficult. The main challenge is that this is not a stable ending but rather an always changing middle. To become Old Growth, the things that are meaningfull need to be supportive of each other and grow with each other. These forests are also characterized by high diversity, which tends to feel inefficient, but it can allow your resources (time, money, energy) to be used more effectively.

How to know if a new tree is better adapted?
– For example: Scuba diving could be a fun new hobby with the potential for long-term satisfaction. But scuba diving should not force out other trees like a career. Unless, of course, the scuba diving can improve upon your current career satisfaction, lifestyle, income, relationships, and the experiences to keep growing intellectually. If it can fill that niche, then quitting a “normal” job to become a scuba instructor in Fiji could be a great example of a small tree forcing out a large unhealthy tree!

Related Decisions:

to stay or move, again
What it means to lose a tree..
[gathering more community stories]


Now the decision is:

IS THIS THE FOREST YOU WANT?


Comment below if this was helpful!
 


Here are some additonal directions that may help create an Old Growth forest

[Or maintain your Old Growth]


Becoming an old growth forest is unique for everyone. We are developing more customizable online tools to help with this – until then, feel free to contact us for guidance; AND, try to follow all of the 6 key forest change strategies:

Resistance: Grow big trees bigger for greater resource efficiency and disturbance resistance.
Disruption: Forest disturbances are inevitable, use it as an opportunity to identify the strongest trees.
Resilience: Grow new trees and prevent small trees from being lost for better ability to “bounce back” after a disturbance.
Expansion: Make sure your forest is actually full, but don't overfill
Focus: Full forests often change because the have to (i.e. self-thinning), where-as forests with open space have greater opportunity to stay the same or grow new trees.
Revolution: Figure out how trees can better coexist and support each other; or, let healthy better-adapted trees force out toxic (allelopathic) large trees.


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When to start a family by Ava 20200331

When to start a family by Ava 20200331


Brought to you by Ava and a century of forestry research
Decision analyses are based on patterns of change in forests with the goal:
To create a more meaningful life


Decision Forest Summary


Ava’s life decision:
When to start a family

The possible answer:
start soon

How this changes your forest:
Grows a large tree larger

This change is best for:
Those who want greater efficiency to focus on what is most important

Your current forest:
Mountain Spruce


This decision is:


Not just any new tree will work, but with the right one, your forest can move towards being full.

 


Similar to people, forests are complex and always changing.
Patterns of change in forests can help us make decisions in our own lives.
Understand where you are now:

Your Current Forest


About Your Forest
– This forest exists in conditions that are difficult for life to survive.
– This forest has the challenges of a full forest without being full.
– Existing trees are stressed, growth is restricted.
– Recovery from disturbance may be slow due to slow growing conditions.
– In other forests, gaps tend to fill quickly by growth of new or surrounding trees – but this forest tends to have conditions that deter establishment of new trees – thus this forest may remain un-full for an extended time.
– Due to the difficult conditions, just maintaining this forest may be intensive.

Translation: For some of us, life is incredibly difficult. Depression and severe anxiety are common factors that may allow for deep introspection and planning but tend to make action seem impossible.

Your Previous Forest
i. Old Growth (Diverse tree sizes from incredibly important through new and full of potential – Trees are well adapted and supportive of each other)
How You Got Here
COVID19: Went from normal life activities to being at home, unable to see friends/family or go to work.
Primary Cause of Change
COVID19 pandemic = Both better and worse
How is Life Now?
Both better and worse
Age Group
20’s

This Decision: Grows a large tree larger

How this changes your forest:
Bigger trees have deeper roots which helps build your forest’s resistance to disturbance.

Translation: Devoting more time and energy to things we already find important can maximize those most meaningful aspects of life. It brings more meaning into your life and makes those things more likely to survive a disruption. For example, if something terrible happens, its going to be your family and good friends that are there to support you (rather than a co-worker). The challenge is that it often leaves no room to try new things or meet new people.

Ideal for:
Those who want greater efficiency to focus on what is most important

Less ideal for:
Those in an unstable environment





 

Note: this future forest represents the direction your forest may be heading.
Your actual forest change may be much more subtle depending on the magnitude of the decision.

Your Future Forest

About Your Expected Future Forest
– This forest is sunny because it is has space for new trees.
– Space may have been created by a fallen tree lost to a past disturbance.
– In other forests, gaps tend to fill quickly by growth of new or surrounding trees – but this forest tends to have unique conditions and establishment of new trees is a slow process – thus this forest may remain un-full for an extended time.
– This leads to reduced competition between existing trees leading to less stress and greater disturbance resistance.
– Despite great potential for robust trajectories, being un-full can resemble suppressed forests (Mountain Spruce) that have restricted growth due to challenging environmental conditions.

Translation: This is a mix of a few deeply meaningful things, like family and a career, with at least some emptiness or yearning for more. Most people would try to fill this emptiness quickly with a new hobby but instead, here we have someone with free time and maybe reduced stress. The challenge is to avoid letting the emptiness grow through lack of action associated with depression.

Related Decisions:


What it means to lose a tree..
[gathering more community stories]


Now the decision is:

IS THIS THE FOREST YOU WANT?

Comment below if this was helpful!



Here are some additonal directions that may help create an Old Growth forest

[Or maintain your Old Growth]


Becoming an old growth forest is unique for everyone. We are developing more customizable online tools to help with this – until then, feel free to contact us for guidance; AND, try to follow all of the 6 key forest change strategies:

Resistance: Grow big trees bigger for greater resource efficiency and disturbance resistance.
Disruption: Forest disturbances are inevitable, use it as an opportunity to identify the strongest trees.
Resilience: Grow new trees and prevent small trees from being lost for better ability to “bounce back” after a disturbance.
Expansion: Make sure your forest is actually full, but don't overfill
Focus: Full forests often change because the have to (i.e. self-thinning), where-as forests with open space have greater opportunity to stay the same or grow new trees.
Revolution: Figure out how trees can better coexist and support each other; or, let healthy better-adapted trees force out toxic (allelopathic) large trees.


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Full or Part Time Work by ames87 20200331

Full or Part Time Work by ames87 20200331


Brought to you by ames87 and a century of forestry research
Decision analyses are based on patterns of change in forests with the goal:
To create a more meaningful life
 


 

 

Decision Forest Summary

 


ames87’s life decision:
Full or Part Time Work The possible answer:
Part-Time

How this changes your forest:
Grows lots of trees

This change is best for:
Redefining what it means to be “full” can improve the health of many trees that may have otherwise been struggling.

Your current forest:
New Forest

 

 


This decision is:


At this stage, almost any type of growth is great!

 



Similar to people, forests are complex and always changing.
Patterns of change in forests can help us make decisions in our own lives.
Understand where you are now:

Your Current Forest

About Your Forest
Trees establish and grow rapidly

Translation: Whether just coming into the world as a child, or starting over from a major life change, small trees and open space mean lots of potential for growth in what you find meaningful in life.

Your Previous Forest
e. Redwoods in-transition (a couple very important trees with space for new trees)
How You Got Here
Transitional & Unknown: The last big change was when I was preparing to be a mom. Now I am a mom and have to balance being an employee and mother.
Primary Cause of Change
My son caused the change. = Good
How is Life Now?
Good
Age Group
30’s

 

This Decision: Grows lots of trees

How this changes your forest:
Changing conditions can cause forest expantion.

Translation: Maybe you won the lottery or found a supportive community, either way limited support is no longer a challenge.

Ideal for:
Redefining what it means to be “full” can improve the health of many trees that may have otherwise been struggleling.

Less ideal for:
An expanded new “normal” is not necessarily better. It is also easy to over-expand and create an unstable situation.

 

 

 

 

 

Note: this future forest represents the direction your forest may be heading.
Your actual forest change may be much more subtle depending on the magnitude of the decision.

Your Future Forest

About Your Expected Future Forest
This forest has the most trees and it generally becomes more rare through time
Often this stage is the first time the forest is full
Adding new trees is typically done by replacing others, or expanding what it means to be fullSTRENGTHS:
– Highly resilient to disturbances (ability to bounce back) due to high number of trees.

CHALLENGES:
– Trees need to grow to stay alive – thus it is difficult to stay at this stage for an extended period (or the forest will become over-full).
– While each tree has the potential to have long life, generally, most will be lost in time.
– Lost trees are not gone! – see what it means to lose a tree : lose a tree
– Having the environmental stability and deep rich soils (produced by many cycles of resistant, resilient/resourceful, and revolutionary trajectories), are rare in this forest type.
– The lack of environmental stability and intense competition among trees tends to result in frequent disturbances.

Translation: This forest is reminecient of High School where each friend group, class, and after school activity seemed like a different, unrelated thing. Some people are able to maintain lots of diverse things and relationships indefineatly, but most of us try to simplify life. The strength of this forest type is resilience: for example if one friend flakes out you have a several others that can take their place. The challenge is that meaningful things will have a high turnover rate and many may be lost over time.

Related Decisions:

What it means to lose a tree..
[gathering more community stories]


Now the decision is:

IS THIS THE FOREST YOU WANT?

Comment below if this was helpful!

 


Here are some additonal directions that may help create an Old Growth forest
[Or maintain your Old Growth]

Becoming an old growth forest is unique for everyone. We are developing more customizable online tools to help with this – until then, feel free to contact us for guidance; AND, try to follow all of the 6 key forest change strategies:

Resistance: Grow big trees bigger for greater resource efficiency and disturbance resistance.
Disruption: Forest disturbances are inevitable, use it as an opportunity to identify the strongest trees.
Resilience: Grow new trees and prevent small trees from being lost for better ability to “bounce back” after a disturbance.
Expansion: Make sure your forest is actually full, but don’t overfill
Focus: Full forests often change because the have to (i.e. self-thinning), where-as forests with open space have greater opportunity to stay the same or grow new trees.
Revolution: Figure out how trees can better coexist and support each other; or, let healthy better-adapted trees force out toxic (allelopathic) large trees.

 

 


Copyright 2020 ThenAtlas Analytics llc
 

How best to assist a family member… by: Dragon Lady [20200330]

How best to assist a family member… by: Dragon Lady [20200330]


Brought to you by Dragon Lady with ThenAtlas Analytics & a century of forestry research
Decision analyses are based on patterns of change in forests with the goal:
To create a more meaningful life


Decision Forest Summary


Dragon Lady’s life decision:
How best to assist a family member.

The possible answer:
Help with financial expenses

How this changes your forest:
Grows a large tree larger

This change is best for:
Those who want greater efficiency to focus on what is most important

Your current forest:
Old Growth


This decision is:


Trees need to grow to survive and it is healthy for larger trees in this forest to continue growing; however, it is important not to let one tree completely dominate.


Similar to people, forests are complex and always changing.
Patterns of change in forests can help us make decisions in our own lives.
Understand where you are now:

Your Current Forest

About Your Forest
– Several old trees, some large, some slow growing and smaller.
– New diverse uniquely adapted trees continuously establishing without taking away from existing trees.
– Small trees can maintain very slow growth for extended periods without being lost.
– This forest has been through several cycles of: Disturbance that has strengthend the remaining trees and increased species diversity.
– Deep soils (many trees lost and decomposing) create disturbance resistance and improve the ability to establish new trees.
– Trees are diverse and often intertwined (leading to mutual strength).

This forest type is rare, difficult to reach, and may not be suitable for most.
– It requires embracing change and balancing tree growth with diversity
– This includes establishing new trees that can eventually force out old less-suitable trees.
– This forest requires making decisions on which trees are best adapted for your forest.

Translation: Everyone wants to be a well-rounded person with a supportive community but it is surprizingly difficult. The main challenge is that this is not a stable ending but rather an always changing middle. To become Old Growth the things that are meaningfull need to be supportive of each other and grow with each other. These forests are also characterized by high diversity, which tends to feel inefficient, but it can allow your resources (time, money, energy) to be used more effectively.

How to know if a new tree is better adapted?
– For example: Scuba diving could be a fun new hobby with the potential for long-term satisfaction. But scuba diving should not force out other trees like a career. Unless, of course, the scuba diving can improve upon your current career satisfaction, lifestyle, income, relationships, and the experiences to keep growing intellectually. If it can fill that niche, then quitting a “normal” job to become a scuba instructor in Fiji could be a great example of a small tree forcing out a large unhealthy tree!

Your Previous Forest
h. Desert shrub (Mostly bare soil with no real trees)
How You Got Here
Momentum: A time of loss. Loss of employment, divorce, suicide. Spiritual crisis.
Primary Cause of Change
Resiliency. Letting go and moving forward. Self confidence. = Much better
How is Life Now?
Much better
Age Group
50’s

This Decision: Grows a large tree larger

How this changes your forest:
Bigger trees have deeper roots which helps build forest resistance to disturbance.

Translation: Devoting more time and energy to things we already find important can maximize those most meaninful aspects of life. It brings more meaning into your life and makes those things more likely to survive a disruption. For example, something terrible happens, its going to be your family and good friends that are there to support you (rather than a co-worker). The challenge is, that it often leads to life being full with no room to try new things or meet new people.

Ideal for:
Those who want greater efficiency to focus on what is most important

Less ideal for:
Those in an unstable environment

Note: this future forest represents the direction your forest may be heading.
Your actual forest change may be much more subtle depending on the magnitude of the decision.

Your Future Forest

About Your Expected Future Forest
Your future forest is not expected to change from your current forest (described above). Forests rarely stay the same over time because trees need to grow to survive.

Related Decisions:

What it means to lose a tree..
[gathering more community stories]


Now the decision is:

IS THIS THE FOREST YOU WANT?

Comment below if this was helpful!


Here are some additonal directions that may help create an Old Growth forest

[Or maintain your Old Growth]


Becoming an old growth forest is unique for everyone. We are developing more customizable online tools to help with this – until then, feel free to contact us for guidance; AND, try to follow all of the 6 key forest change strategies:

Resistance: Grow big trees bigger for greater resource efficiency and disturbance resistance.
Disruption: Forest disturbances are inevitable, use it as an opportunity to identify the strongest trees.
Resilience: Grow new trees and prevent small trees from being lost for better ability to “bounce back” after a disturbance.
Expansion: Make sure your forest is actually full, but don’t overfill
Focus: Full forests often change because the have to (i.e. self-thinning), where-as forests with open space have greater opportunity to stay the same or grow new trees.
Revolution: Figure out how trees can better coexist and support each other; or, let healthy better-adapted trees force out toxic (allelopathic) large trees.


Copyright 2020 ThenAtlas Analytics llc

Should we buy a house soon?… by: On couch [20200329]

Should we buy a house soon?… by: On couch [20200329]


Brought to you by On couch with ThenAtlas Analytics & a century of forestry research
Decision analyses are based on patterns of change in forests with the goal:
To create a more meaningful life


Decision Forest Summary


On couch’s life decision:
Should we buy a house soon?

The possible answer:
Yes

How this changes your forest:
Grows a large tree larger

This change is best for:
Those who want greater efficiency to focus on what is most important

Your current forest:
Redwoods in-transition


This decision is:


Trees typically need to grow to survive, but growing too much might prevent other trees from taking root.
Translation: Make sure this decisions benefits your long-term meaningfulness, because, your schedule will be more full and you will not have time to do other new things anytime soon.


 


Similar to people, forests are complex and always changing.
Patterns of change in forests can help us make decisions in our own lives.
Understand where you are now:

Your Current Forest


About Your Forest
– This forest is sunny because it is has space for new trees.
– Space may have been created by a fallen tree lost to a past disturbance.
– In other forests, gaps tend to fill quickly by growth of new or surrounding trees – but this forest tends to have unique conditions and establishment of new trees is a slow process – thus this forest may remain un-full for an extended time.
– This leads to reduced competition between existing trees leading to less stress and greater disturbance resistance.
– Despite great potential for robust trajectories, being un-full can resemble suppressed forests (Mountain Spruce) that have restricted growth due to challenging environmental conditions.

Translation: This is a mix of a few deeply meaningful things, like family and a career, with at least some emptiness or yearning for more. Most people would try to fill this emptiness quickly with a new hobby but instead, here we have someone with free time and maybe reduced stress. The challenge is to avoid letting the emptiness grow through lack of action associated with depression.

Your Previous Forest
e. Redwoods in-transition (a couple very important trees with space for new trees)
How You Got Here
Spring Lake: Working at RVVC, getting frustrated with the people there. Feeling isolated, not making friends or finding community to be involved in. Started entertaining the idea of finding a new job, one came up in W MI that seemed ideal in work and location. We decided to go! Now doing same work with better work environment and living in a perfect area close to town and within sight of water.
Primary Cause of Change
Taking a new job out of state = Much better
How is Life Now?
Much better
Age Group
30’s

This Decision: Grows a large tree larger

How this changes your forest:
Bigger trees have deeper roots which helps build forest resistance to disturbance.

Translation: Devoting more time and energy to things we already find important can maximize those most meaninful aspects of life. It brings more meaning into your life and makes those things more likely to survive a disruption. For example, something terrible happens, its going to be your family and good friends that are there to support you (rather than a co-worker). The challenge is, that it often leads to life being full with no room to try new things or meet new people.

Ideal for:
Those who want greater efficiency to focus on what is most important

Less ideal for:
Those in an unstable environment





 

Note: this future forest represents the direction your forest may be heading.
Your actual forest change may be much more subtle depending on the magnitude of the decision.

Your Future Forest

About Your Expected Future Forest
STRENGTHS:
– These strong trees have weathered many storms.
– Deep roots provide resistance to disturbance.

WEAKNESSES:
– Growth of new trees is restricted due to lack of open space.
– If disturbed, the result can be a catastrophic LARGE gap in the forest.
– Resilience and resourcefulness (disturbance recovery mechanisms) may be poorly developed due in part to lack of small trees.

Translation: This type of life has just a few deeply important things, such as, family, career, and sleep. Through ups and downs these pillars of life will stay strong; except when they don’t… Unfortunatly, disruptions are part of life. These trees are the best to resist being disrupted, but they are not invincible. The other main challenge is that there is no room for doing new things. For example, taking a new class on pottery is fairly impossible without giving up sleep, and sleep is important.

Related Decisions:


What it means to lose a tree..
[gathering more community stories]


Now the decision is:

IS THIS THE FOREST YOU WANT?

Comment below if this was helpful!



Here are some additonal directions that may help create an Old Growth forest

[Or maintain your Old Growth]


Becoming an old growth forest is unique for everyone. We are developing more customizable online tools to help with this – until then, feel free to contact us for guidance; AND, try to follow all of the 6 key forest change strategies:

Resistance: Grow big trees bigger for greater resource efficiency and disturbance resistance.
Disruption: Forest disturbances are inevitable, use it as an opportunity to identify the strongest trees.
Resilience: Grow new trees and prevent small trees from being lost for better ability to “bounce back” after a disturbance.
Expansion: Make sure your forest is actually full, but don't overfill
Focus: Full forests often change because the have to (i.e. self-thinning), where-as forests with open space have greater opportunity to stay the same or grow new trees.
Revolution: Figure out how trees can better coexist and support each other; or, let healthy better-adapted trees force out toxic (allelopathic) large trees.


Copyright 2020 ThenAtlas Analytics llc

Should I finish writing a book?… by: Founders [20200328]

Should I finish writing a book?… by: Founders [20200328]


Brought to you by Founders with ThenAtlas Analytics & a century of forestry research
Decision analyses are based on patterns of change in forests with the goal:
To create a more meaningful life


Decision Forest Summary


Founders’s life decision:
Should I finish writing a book?

The possible answer:
Yes

How this changes your forest:
Grows a small tree

This change is best for:
Building personal resilience (ability to bounce back from disturbance)

Your current forest:
Redwoods in-transition


This decision is:


Not just any new tree will work, but with the right one, this forest can move towards being full again.

 


Similar to people, forests are complex and always changing.
Patterns of change in forests can help us make decisions in our own lives.
Understand where you are now:

Your Current Forest


About Your Forest
– This forest is sunny because it is has space for new trees.
– Space may have been created by a fallen tree lost to a past disturbance.
– In other forests, gaps tend to fill quickly by growth of new or surrounding trees – but this forest tends to have unique conditions and establishment of new trees is a slow process – thus this forest may remain un-full for an extended time.
– This leads to reduced competition between existing trees leading to less stress and greater disturbance resistance.
– Despite great potential for robust trajectories, being un-full can resemble suppressed forests (Mountain Spruce) that have restricted growth due to challenging environmental conditions.

Translation: This is a mix of a few deeply meaningful things, like family and a career, with at least some emptiness or yearning for more. Most people would try to fill this emptiness quickly with a new hobby but instead, here we have someone with free time and maybe reduced stress. The challenge is to avoid letting the emptiness grow through lack of action associated with depression.

Your Previous Forest
d. Sequoia Grove (A few giant trees, no space for new trees)
How You Got Here
Starting a new life: I was working crazy hours at the college and getting completely burned out. The job came to an end and I went off to make it on my own. Still trying to make it. At least life is less chaos now.
Primary Cause of Change
Change in job = Good
How is Life Now?
Good
Age Group
30’s

This Decision: Grows a small tree

How this changes your forest:
New trees add resilience, or the ability to bounce back, to your forest after a disturbance.

Translation: All of life’s most meaningful aspects started small at one point. Growing newer relationships is the only way to eventually develop deep, important ones which are critical for those who experiance lots of disruptions. When old relationships end it is good to have newer ones to rely upon.

Ideal for:
Building personal resilience (ability to bounce back from disturbance)

Less ideal for:
Those who already have lots of small, shallow-rooted trees, compared to deep-rooted large trees that are better at resisting disturbances.





 

Note: this future forest represents the direction your forest may be heading.
Your actual forest change may be much more subtle depending on the magnitude of the decision.

Your Future Forest

About Your Expected Future Forest
– Several old trees, some large, some slow growing and smaller.
– New diverse uniquely adapted trees continuously establishing without taking away from existing trees.
– Small trees can maintain very slow growth for extended periods without being lost.
– This forest has been through several cycles of: Disturbance that has strengthend the remaining trees and increased species diversity.
– Deep soils (many trees lost and decomposing) create disturbance resistance and improve the ability to establish new trees.
– Trees are diverse and often intertwined (leading to mutual strength).

This forest type is rare, difficult to reach, and may not be suitable for most.
– It requires embracing change and balancing tree growth with diversity
– This includes establishing new trees that can eventually force out old less-suitable trees.
– This forest requires making decisions on which trees are best adapted for your forest.

Translation: Everyone wants to be a well-rounded person with a supportive community but it is surprizingly difficult. The main challenge is that this is not a stable ending but rather an always changing middle. To become Old Growth the things that are meaningfull need to be supportive of each other and grow with each other. These forests are also characterized by high diversity, which tends to feel inefficient, but it can allow your resources (time, money, energy) to be used more effectively.

How to know if a new tree is better adapted?
– For example: Scuba diving could be a fun new hobby with the potential for long-term satisfaction. But scuba diving should not force out other trees like a career. Unless, of course, the scuba diving can improve upon your current career satisfaction, lifestyle, income, relationships, and the experiences to keep growing intellectually. If it can fill that niche, then quitting a “normal” job to become a scuba instructor in Fiji could be a great example of a small tree forcing out a large unhealthy tree!

Related Decisions:


What it means to lose a tree..
[gathering more community stories]


Now the decision is:

IS THIS THE FOREST YOU WANT?

Comment below if this was helpful!



Here are some additonal directions that may help create an Old Growth forest

[Or maintain your Old Growth]


Becoming an old growth forest is unique for everyone. We are developing more customizable online tools to help with this – until then, feel free to contact us for guidance; AND, try to follow all of the 6 key forest change strategies:

Resistance: Grow big trees bigger for greater resource efficiency and disturbance resistance.
Disruption: Forest disturbances are inevitable, use it as an opportunity to identify the strongest trees.
Resilience: Grow new trees and prevent small trees from being lost for better ability to “bounce back” after a disturbance.
Expansion: Make sure your forest is actually full, but don't overfill
Focus: Full forests often change because the have to (i.e. self-thinning), where-as forests with open space have greater opportunity to stay the same or grow new trees.
Revolution: Figure out how trees can better coexist and support each other; or, let healthy better-adapted trees force out toxic (allelopathic) large trees.


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