By Bette Blance, M.Ed Studies
About eighteen months ago we had a very large copper beech tree cut down. It was a heart- breaking decision but it had been planted 40 years previously too close to the house. Being a deciduous tree it lost its leaves every winter and during the year, several other ‘drops’ of calyces and hard seed pods added to the clogging of the gutters and a roof that was deteriorating.
I had always loved the view of the copper beech tree as the lower branches framed our bedroom window. It was picture postcard view in all seasons.
Several things happened as a result of removing the tree. A bed of roses alongside the house have now flourished and flowered magnificently during the spring and summer.
A large camellia tree came into full view and as the flowering season continued, it spread a carpet of bright pink petals below it. I had not appreciated how beautiful this tree was until it stood there alone and proud, not crowded out by the copper beech. I had just not seen it.
We sometimes focus on what we have lost and don’t see the other things that are already in our lives. The lesson of letting go the copper beech was that the view changed and was replaced, when I chose to see it, by something equally as beautiful.
In life there are so many examples of how we cling to old things, hanker after things in the past and fail to notice what is good around us. We can spend a lot of time wanting something that no longer exists, whether it be a relationship or a that dream job, when we could be asking ourselves what is the miracle of what we have now.
In the words of Jeffrey McDaniel “I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.”