Bonsai App

Bonsai Tree Stand Pot

The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation (for the viewer) and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity (for the grower). By contrast with other plant cultivation practices, bonsai is not intended for production of food, for medicine, or for creating yard-size or park-size gardens or landscapes. Instead, bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees in a single container. (Wikipedia)

Bonsai:  (lit. plantings in tray, from bon, a tray or low-sided pot and sai, a planting or plantings) ‘Bonsai’ is a Japanese pronunciation of the earlier Chinese term penzai (盆栽).


  1. The action of looking thoughtfully at something for a long time
  2. Deep reflective though
  3. The state of being thought about or planned

If one likens him or herself to that of a bonsai, with the small tree being one’s self and the container, one’s life, then the Bonsai App is the life long practice of consciously and thoroughly shaping one’s life.

How is it that we do this? Our tree of life has leaves, branches, a trunk and roots. The leaves being those who come and go in one’s life. Branches being those how around longer but with any troublesome storm, may break away. The trunk representing one’s self. Lastly, the roots: those who keep us grounded.


If one does not actively plan and cultivate one’s life, how can it ever be beautiful? While growing organically can be beautiful all the same, with today’s environment, wildly sprouting one’s lims can lead to major issues. Getting wrapped up in others affairs (branches); taking up more space than one is allowed (intruding one others); and simply not going the way one wants can cause unwanted and unnecessary stress. If this growth gets out of control too much, another may come by and trim your tree for you (big brother?). So if not you, someone else will govern your growth.

Another will put you in the pot the want, place you where they want and trim you uniformly to fit what they think works. That sound like a one bonsai fits all.

This App/Utility runs in the background with every new and existing interaction with people and consistently updates the database of profiles stored.

Utility software usually focuses on how the computer infrastructure […] operates. Due to this focus, utilities are often rather technical and targeted at people with an advanced level of computer knowledge […].
(source: Wikipedia)

Everyone/thing must be scrutinized on what they are in one’s life: leaf, branch or roots? As one grows the plot one is in must also change. This growth many times results in the loss of many leaves and branches. Sometimes, new and strong parts will replace them, sometimes the complete loss of them is best.

Soul of a Nation

The end goal is to have a beautiful Bonsai. Every aspect of the cultivation is important from the soil (what one puts himself in), water (what one puts into himself) and environment (what one is surrounded by).

How do you cultivate your life?


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6 Responses to “Bonsai App”

  1. Stephen Will | February 15, 2013 at 12:03 #

    I would say that I am at the beginning stages of consciously thinking about how I can cultivate my life. Fortunatley I have a loving family who feeds me and provides me with a roof over my head. This allows me a lot of time, which for myself is needed, to spend contemplating how I ended up in the situation I am in today and how I can begin to cultivate my own experience in ways I think will benefit me, as opposed to letting others do my thinking for me.

    When talking with my dad about heavy matters such as the deep contemplation and cultivation of one’s life, I see that he is tired and beat up from working hard at a 9-5 for over 30 years. He thinks he does not have enough time to spend deeply contemplating his own cultivation of his life and I know that it is hard when you are caught up in the rat race. I know for me it was a long process of making different mistakes and going through really challenging situations before my mind broke free from some of the conditioned thinking that keeps us from being honest with ourselves. I think one of the comments you guys made on the interview was something along the lines of “How do we approach people who are tired and beat up and try to help them look at some alternatives to old ways of thinking?” I know that before I can help anyone else I have to be centered and knowledgeable myself. One of the best rewards of getting educated is to be able to share your new knowledge and persepctive with friends and family who are interested. Coincidently my fiance bought her mom a bonsai plant for Valentine’s day. Maybe we will use the plant as practice in cultivation and a metaphor for our own self cultivation.

  2. Eliott | February 6, 2013 at 14:28 #

    Dude, if I see this book …

  3. Eliott | February 5, 2013 at 02:27 #

    Pruning and focus…getting rid of who and what is not necessary for “individual” growth. The size of the tree ,the size of the pot all speaks to the necessity of caring for and shaping oneself as there really is no room to shape others.

    • 1stTrustee | February 5, 2013 at 08:02 #

      I don’t see how most people can even attempt to shape others lives when their bonsai is growing wild. It takes so much focus, that there is not much time for others. But like I said, that moral terrorism is an epidemic. People running around putting their sheers in other people’s plants when one asked to help shape their life. KEEP YOUR GARDENING TOOLS TO YOURSELF! 😀

  4. Mark | January 24, 2013 at 01:25 #

    Very good analogy, I have felt guilty or bad about losing a client but as you put it, as branches may fall away , it will still be a beautiful life.
    I grow bonsai

    • 1stTrustee | February 3, 2013 at 09:24 #

      I’m glad that helped you. I keep pruning. All the time and I’m hyper conscious of everyone in my life and if I want them there whether they be clients, friends or family.

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