Mistletoe, Phoradendron - the scientific name for American mistletoe, means "thief of the tree" in Greek. Although not a true parasite in scientific terms, mistletoe comes close, sinking its roots into a host tree and leeching nutrients from the tree to supplement its own photosynthesis.
Sadly, the translation of the word “mistletoe” itself isn’t very romantic. A few centuries back, some people apparently observed that mistletoe tended to take root where birds had left their droppings. “Mistal” is an Anglo-Saxon word that means “dung” and “tan” means “twig,” so mistletoe actually means “dung on a twig.”
Application: Mistletoe attaches itself to various trees, drawing from their supply of sap to carry on its own growth. In return it gives nothing. It is a one-sided, vary selfish arrangement. Never be like the mistletoe.