“I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.”
― Jeffrey McDaniel
As fall approaches and I watch the trees turn color, I am in awe at just how easy it is for them to transition from one season to the next. It seems effortless; they simply seem to know intuitively how to move from one way of being to the next. And it occurs to me, that we humans could learn valuable lessons from this.
I walked through the park, and was in awe at the trees. The season of change, and nature just adapting as it always seems to do so effortlessly. And then I thought about what was occurring for someone close to me. They had been trying to move things forward for themselves in the fashion they thought best. They were getting frustrated as things were not happening the way that they had designed them in their mind. They had been feeling STUCK, and it was heartbreaking to watch. It was not through lack of effort, they were expanding even where they searched for their life path to move forward. But things were not happening, the way that they thought they would.
And then I watched as this person practiced the art of letting go. They simply came to the place where they determined in their mind that things were not going to turn out as they had carefully planned. They took a step in an entirely different direction, and they enacted ‘Plan B’. Put deposits down on items that was part of their plan B, and took a step in that direction.
And with lightening swiftness, I watched as things fell beautifully into place on their original plan. It was like the universe saw that they had completely let go of how they felt it should be, and was not about to let them lose faith. It warmed my heart to see things fall into place for them. Not exactly where they expected them to, but definitely in the fashion that they hoped, and perhaps in a place where more opportunity presented itself.
It was a reminder to me that we hold onto what we expect, and how we expect something to occur with a vice grip. And the art of letting go is the act of releasing the grip and allowing the universe to conspire with you. Allowing it to support you in accepting the change, and allow things to move forward.
And with this thought, a smile filled my face and I laughed as the wind picked up and I was showered with leaves falling from the tree. And it acted as a reminder that when you feel stuck, perhaps the art of letting go can present a new direction that you didn’t even know was possible.
Let go and look for support from the universe!