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Why “Giving Tree” Has Impacted My Life

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Article submitted by David Guillod.

There are a number of books that can change the way we think and perceive the world. When you come across some of these novels, your views and perspectives tend to change. There are plenty of books that have accomplished this, but one, in particular, has impacted me in such a direct way. Shel Silverstein’s, “Giving Tree” is one of these once-in-a-generation books that have truly changed my perception on numerous facets of life.

This novel has widely been considered as one of Silverstein’s best works, and for good reason too – albeit there has been some debate on whether the message portrayed is negative or positive. However, from my point of view, this book is the epitome of true selflessness.

Throughout the book, the tree seeks to help the boy in any way that he can. By performing acts for the sake of the boy, the message that most readers come away with is that selfless acts of kindness can create a ripple effect that can change lives. No matter the situation, this book has helped me give my best efforts to those that I care about. Whenever I am tasked with something or have to deal with an issue, I try to make it a priority to always be there for them.

I’ve tried to give everything that I can to my family, friends, and clients. While there have been some struggles along the way, I believe that this approach to life has helped me take care of those in my inner circle. Making sure they are happy with simple acts of kindness puts me at peace and ultimately brings my joy. This novel sums up how we can change a life by putting ourselves in their shoes and asking how we can affect others by a simple deed or task.

David Guillod is a well-established talent and literary manager. Guillod held senior partner leadership roles at United Talent Agency, Handprint Ent. & most recently at Primary Wave Entertainment. Guillod is also a film/TV producer, most recently credited on Atomic Blonde and Louder Milk. Visit David Guillod’s profile on Twitter.