‘I know things must change but it’s just too hard”. This is the phrase I hear most often. We are wary of change, we don’t like it and we will resist it vehemently even when we know it is inevitable and maybe even a good thing. I hear it in organisations and in relationships. I hear it when a career change or improvement is required or when a project or great idea can’t get off the ground. And yet natural change is going on around us all the time – the sun comes up the sun goes down; the moon goes from dark to full to dark again; we sleep, we wake, and while we might rail against changes in the weather, we greet each season as it arrives as a natural part of life. So might the response of Nature to the natural cycle of the seasons have something to teach us about managing change easily and elegantly? About ‘living treefully?
If we can stop rushing, take a walk in the forest (actually or reflectively) and listen to the trees, we absorb a wisdom that everything works in an order which I call seasonal because the trees, the plants, the flowers, the vegetables, all dance to the seasons. They don’t say, ‘Oh, okay today I don’t feel much like being a peach so today I think I’ll go back to being a blossom.” Or “Maybe I’ll be a rock or a log and just sit around.” Or, “ I can’t be bothered doing anything today”. Nature doesn’t do any of that but just gets on with it and responds to different processes at different times of the year.
“Nature never breaks her own laws” – Leonardo da Vinci
And that’s what helped me come to a simple understanding, that the wisdom of the trees is not only the wisdom of how we could live our lives but is the actual natural cycle of our lives. And not just a life but all the lives within our lives – business, relationships, education, career, children, projects, friends and passions. All of my change management, career management and life coaching is now based on this simple but profound understanding.
“You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.” – Alan Watts