In today's world, the amount of resources we have access to is nearly infinite. Technology has enabled us to have our pick of materials, and so steel, plastic, and rubber rule have become shadowy protagonists in our lives. Of the few natural materials we still come into regular contact with, wood is perhaps the most ancient. From the salad bowls we eat out of to the floorboards of our houses, wood has been such a prevalent material in our lives that it’s likely we don’t think much about it. And still, when was the last time we touched something that we would have touched had we been born thousands of years ago? If they could speak, whole lifetimes would not be enough to tell the stories trees have lived through.Trees have seen wars, floods, famine and diasporas. Through it all they continue to shelter us from the rain, purify the air around us, and stay one of the best ways to combat global warming. The woods may not grow overnight, but they can weather the changes of the seasons for decades. With their centuries-old trunks, trees are a perfect examples of the power of perseverance. With their branches reaching out into the sky and their feet planted firmly on the ground, they remind us of the possibilities that we can achieve when we let nature do its work. As our modern world slowly inches away from nature, wood is something we take with us like a token of the people we used to be. Their beauty, strength, and resilience is a reminder of everything nature can offer us, as long as we remember to look.