“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” – Steve Maraboli
Nature has the power to teach us the lesson of letting go. Everything in nature embraces perfection, and either is about species or the environment everyone knows his own place. Even in a competition for food and space or the interaction with predators, everything it is just following the normal cycle of life. Why humans make things so complicated when everything we have to learn is right under our feet? Everything grows from a small seed, develops and gets the strength, blooms and creates new seeds. In the end just let everything go and get ready for a new cycle of life. Stubborn humans just hold on feelings and get themselves in complicated situations.
I wish I could be a tree instead of a stubborn human on planet Earth. One day I had a dream that I was brought from far away by the wind. I found a peaceful place next to a river, got the warmth from the sun around me and curled down in the soil, and rested there for a while. In Spring, first I panicked when I realized that I am buried, but then I found my way to get out to see the light and listen to the cristal water rolling over stones. Months after months I tried to grow taller and greener to show everyone how my branches grown, how beautiful were my flowers, what healthy seeds I made. For a long time, I didn’t realize that nobody really cared about that but I continued to do that for several years. I developed an attachment for the birds that made the nest on my strong branches, for the animals looking for food between my leaves, for people that stopped to rest next to my trunk. I was so attached to the emotions that I had times when I didn’t even want to let my leaves go. One time I tried to hold them tight, changed the colors, and kept them until the cold wind would take them in a breeze.
When I couldn’t hold the leaves anymore and I had to let them go I felt that part of my soul ripped apart and broke into pieces. Unfolded and exposed I found myself naked in front of a stranger. None of those that I provided shelter in the summer wasn’t there, and none of them ever saw me in such a vulnerable stage. I couldn’t hide anywhere, the roots were too deep in the soil to be able to move somewhere else, and all the leaves were gone. I felt vulnerable and weak, and the reality was something I couldn’t hide.
“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”
― Steve Maraboli
From that moment I learned the art of letting go. After a long winter and cold nights alone in dark and scary times, wiped by the wind and snowstorms the spring came once again. Small leaves started to grow, flowers were bloomed and seeds were formed. That time was different and I wasn’t scared anymore to let them go when the time came, because I learned that after every ending a new beginning starts. You can’t hold anything that needs to go, that doesn’t find his purpose in a place or it is meant to leave after the lessons were learned. The older I got as a tree, the strongest I became. I wasn’t focused on growing taller and put all my energy into colorful leaves. I chose to keep my strength in roots that would keep me stronger in front of any storm and any challenge. You might think that I am just a tree that grew next to a river, but my story was carved deep into the soil and kept the wisdom and the memories stored in the ground, away from curious eyes and strangers. I welcomed travelers to stop next to my trunk and shared their stories, but I was never able to invest the same emotions into seasonal love and devotion. I gave them shade and let them rest, and then slowly just let them go.
“The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they do not wish to see anyone else suffer the way they do.” – Anonymous
I welcome you to follow the tale of that young lady who learned from nature the art of letting go and she continued her journey without heavy feelings and disappointment…
….continue reading the rest of the tale in PART 21