The axe forgets,the tree remembers

One of the finest proverbs

“The axe forgets, what the tree remembers” African Proverb

One can look for wisdom in many ways from this proverb.

Simply put it, the bullies forget what the victim remembers. It can be from physical bullying to cyberbullying or office bullying, school bullying and list is long.

Another example is the borrower often forgets to return to the lender.

The proverb also reminds us that we are all like trees. Some or strong and some are weak. But still, we are all vulnerable.

We hurt others by our words, especially the ones who love us the most.

Victims always remember the hurt because of the scars. It’s much easier to advise them by saying ‘Just move on’!

But then life is life

Nothing can be done about this. So victims instead of talking revenge must adjust with the new realities and make efforts not to look at the scars which can only aggravate the agony.

Just like the trees trying to grow fresh from those injuries and try to bloom with energy and with thoughts of better opportunities ahead.

In this context, I would like to remember this particular quote on the power of ‘Words’

“Your words are strong enough to inspire or destroy a spirit and to break a heart. So be careful and think before you speak or act” Sherry Riter

Whatever you do or say, be a responsible person.

The worst part is the irony of life

“When the axe came into the woods, many of the trees said, ‘At least the handle is one of us.'”  Turkish Proverb

Thank you.


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This post is part of Debbie Smyth’s Six Word Saturday


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  8 comments for “The axe forgets,the tree remembers

  1. Hashini pabasara
    November 1, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    I really like your post 👍🏻

    Liked by 1 person

  2. November 1, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Oh that makes me sad. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  3. November 1, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    This is one of my favourite quotes!

    Liked by 1 person

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