Apple trees seem to grow before your eyes in the fall. They have two cycles of root growth. At bloom time they send out feeder roots to feed, which die off at the Summer Solstice. A second cycle sends out another round of feeder roots in late summer and early fall. This second round produces dramatic results in the trees physical appearance. We humans are similar. We go out and feed off of what the world has to offer us. We give and take. Eventually we have to retreat, or contemplate to rebuild our reserves so we may go back again and nourish what we love. Repeat the cycle, so to speak. We grow as a person in these cycles, just like the Apple tree. Sometimes we grow tremendously in these cycles. May we grow wise and bear good fruit. Continuing to grow is what counts. We are more like the Apple tree than we think.