Chris Manning writes:
We don’t need the National Institute of Care Excellence (NICE) to pen any guidelines about the necessity to keep breathing if we are to stay alive or clinical studies that outline the positive evidence for the positive effects of eg music, art, fresh air and horticulture on our health and wellbeing.
So, here is a delightful and wistful animation based on the The Man Who Planted Trees (French title: L'homme qui plantait des arbres), a short story published in 1953 by French author Jean Giono. I was feeling somewhat glum when the link and recommendation from a good friend to watch it plopped into my inbox. Her email simply said: “in case you’re looking for something to watch today that feeds one’s boots with the good/hopeful stuff, and related to the green agenda and the potential power of one man…I share with you this beautiful film that I came across a few years ago..30min long, you may well have seen it, but if not – always worth watching again, and again and again and again…..”.
Well – I watched it and she was absolutely right. It is a beautiful and wistful yet powerful story and it really touched me and lifted my spirits. It is not so much what our lives do to us, but what we do with our lives that matters.”