Many versions of this remarkable poem abound, each with slightly different sentiments. But this is my favorite. I ask that the next time you walk toward your school, and hopefully see a gorgeous big tree, that you will take a moment to reflect upon the wisdom it offers each of us.

Wisdom From A Tree

stay grounded
remember your roots
reach for the sky
learn to turn over a new leaf
remember to bend before you break
take time to appreciate beauty
always keep growing
never forget that a mighty oak began as a twig
cherish every day
enjoy the view

Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
KHS America

About the Author

Dr. Boonshaft is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise. Dr. Boonshaft is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music and Director of Bands. He has also been named Director of Education for KHS America. He was honored by the National Association for Music Education and Music For All as the first recipient of the “George M. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education.”