Tu B'Shevat — the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat — is known as the "New Year for Trees." Naturally this would be a time for trees to engage in soul-searching — the same way people do on Rosh Hashanah. Here is a tree's New Year Checklist:

Did I shelter the seedlings that live in my shade — so they will grow up to be a next generation like myself?

Did I grow towards the sun as a tree should, reaching up higher and higher towards that which I can never grasp, but which nurtures me all the same the more I strive towards it?

Did I make sure my roots remain firmly planted in the soil that nurtures them, and did I drop my leaves there in the fall to give back life to that which sustains me?

Did I ensure that my fruits were sweet and nourished all that came to enjoy them? Did everyone walk away from me with a smile?

Did I bend gently in the wind, accepting what G‑d sends but never breaking or giving up hope?

Did I grow in strength and wisdom with each new ring this year?

Come to think of it, not a bad checklist for us humans either!