How TREES embrace CHANGE and why we HUMAN should as well? 


When trees drop their leaves does it always mean the end of their natural beauty? When winter approaches toward them and they barely receive sunlight accompanied by the growing coldness of the space that surrounds them, does it always mean trees worried as well? We human are like trees, when we get old we leave the things that make us whole, our outside appearance and what makes us confident are slowly fading like a thousand bubbles floating in the air while tardily losing their natural and distinctive beauty. Do we really need to worry about that? Don’t you know that trees prepare for winter? That’s how they embrace change and human as we are, we incline to  forget that. Change has been dressing themselves with freedom, they arrive at their own comfort without begging a kind of confirmation from us. They will live and never demand a yes from us. They will certainly knock on every door even in the middle of the night and if we are not ready enough, we won’t be like trees fighting their lives and remain firm no matter how fading they look like.


 


Don’t you know that trees prepare for change? We human seldom do that, we often cling to something especially if that has been our life, the moment they are about to leave, here we are confidently begging them to stay, why do we do that? Is it because we are afraid that we might not look whole, and that we may look like a fading tree tardily losing its leaves? No, it is because we don’t know the value of change, we don’t embrace change, we don’t realize why there is a presence of change. We can’t constantly have the things we want, we can’t always own something, the time will come, they will leave us and bid them goodbye or they bid us goodbye for a remarkable reason.
Why not seal the spot? Why not heal the wounds by understanding that change will arrive without knocking on your door?  Why not let the wounds freely transforming itself to scar? Why are you still sticking to the wounds, where in fact the trees were busy sealing the spot of the leaves that falls. Is it because that’s the way they should? No, it is because they protect their life and willing to let go because they know, change is coming. If they keep holding on to every piece of the leaves attaching to their beautiful bough, they will surely die. They bear to sacrifice their beauty to live, they have to look like an abandoned tree in order for them to survive.




During a warm time of year, leaves use sunlight, water, and air to make food. In that process, the tree loses a good deal of water through tiny holes in the leaves. In wintertime, the tree does not get enough water to replace what it would lose through the leaves. If the tree did not seal the spots where the leaves grow, it would die. Sometimes, we need to give something in order for us to live, in order for us to live the life we have long been dreaming to have, we need to sacrifice because in every good thing there’s always a price that covered with it. Precisely like the saying goes “Sacrifice oneself so others can live”. I’m not saying you’ll become a hero if you do that, what I’m attempting to point out here, in life we really have to sacrifice and we should always willing to embrace the change if it comes our way.

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54 thoughts on “How TREES embrace CHANGE and why we HUMAN should as well? 

  1. I agree with you that like the trees, we need to prepare for the changes in our environment. We need to arm ourselves so that we become ready for what is to come. Have you read the book The Giving Tree? It’s a wonderful children’s book that I like reading to my kids.

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  2. 🙂 Beautifully written, Padz!

    Sometimes we need to risk losing something or someone and hope that something BETTER will come. We would try to endure the ache of such loss and hope to survive the pain. And when the wound heals, we’d be ready to trust again. Just as the tree lets go of its leaves and hope to survive the next season. It would endure the coldness of the winter and hopefully when summer comes, new leaves would come. 🙂

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  3. Great piece. You know, many times in my life I have accepted the fact that change is one of the constant thing in this world. It may come as a surprise, but change is always good. 🙂

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  4. Parang symbiosis lang yan, a give and take relationship. You have to commit to change so others would grow and be awesome, but they need to help you out from your fall as well. Para everybody happy. Tandaan, happiness is real only when shared.

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  5. Actually the human body is more awesome than trees but most of the time we just do not give it a chance. When we get sick, we easily just take medicines when our body can actually fight it off. By being dependent on drugs and to certain extent technology, we are not able to see the full potential of our bodies. Try embarking in a high intensity program and you will somehow learn that your body and mind can also adapt to stress and grow more resilient when the challenges become harder. 😉

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  6. I have not particularly thought trees are adaptable to change. It’s probably owed to the fact that they are unmoving. They’re rooted on the ground. But then their leaves, flowers and fruits change. So maybe humans can also have roots, but their manifestations can change for a season.

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  7. Change is the only permanent thing in the world. Don’t be afraid of Change. Whether we like it or not, we need to change in order to adapt. Sometimes we need to sacrifice, give up in order to gain something in the end.

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  8. Change is key and it is the only thing constant, and that we should learn to embrace it wholeheartedly. And this line though, “..where in fact the trees were busy sealing the spot of the leaves that falls”, true, letting go may be hard and painful but that’s life. We have to keep moving forward and in order to do that, we need to sacrifice in order to further live. Great read Lai!

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

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  9. The evolutionary wonders of trees: when leaves turn to orange or red or yellow, you get the most beautiful peaceful calm autumn; when leaves fall and winter begins, you get that gloomy and sad feeling. It’s like nature wants us to feel what it feels.

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  10. Great insights. Perhaps it is through this capacity to adapt to change quite well that trees last for centuries? That maybe if we learned to be as adaptive to change as they are and never dwell or worry about so many things, we’d all live far longer lives. Hehe

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  11. In life, tama ka, there needs to be a sacrifice. Even doing something you love to do, hindi ba we say it is passion, well passion means sacrifice. Gusto nating maging maayos ang ibang tao sa atin? We do that to them first. We want better lives? We work and make it happen. Ganon lang naman. Nice post!

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  12. Love the post. It is true, isn’t it, that plants are so capable of adapting to their environment. Humans, we are built to adapt too, only too often our ego gets in the way…

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  13. I love this piece! I honestly have a problem with letting things go. Sometimes, I’m too scared to not know what will happen next that I decide to cling on to the past even if it’s already hurting me. It is only this year that I slowly learned to let go. And I learned that the freedom that comes with the process of letting go is actually very thrilling.

    Nina Sogue | http://www.ninasogue.com

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  14. Amazing piece! Learning how to embrace change plays a big part if you want to grow as a person. This means that you need to keep adapting. It’s both a survival skill and a success skill.

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  15. I love how poetic your article is. Change is not to be feared, it is a beautiful phase as I’ve always mentioned to my friends. Only upon letting go of the past are we really ready to absorb the lessons it leaves us. And embracing what’s ahead and changing to adapt to a different status, or a different settings or whatever, actually uncovers the paths we didn’t even know existed. I did read from somewhere, that when we are driving at night on a road where the light posts are far apart, we only see a few feet ahead as that’s only as far as your headlights could light up your way but we keep driving anyway. Change could be that dark road, but it unfolds when you move forward and press on. It gets you to where you should be going.

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  16. They say that the only constant in this world is change, Change, for me, brings new beginnings, a new hope. Change will always be positive , perhaps I am one hopeful individual. Though I often stay in my comfort zone, I make changes should I feel the need to.

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  17. Lai, how you convey your words in writing is just so remarkable. It showcases a variety of features only a feature writer can tell. I love the way how you connect individuals to trees and set a common ground on it. This is a good read. 🙂

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  18. It takes a lot to kill a tree. Most of the time the reason for a tree’s death is manmade. We have to try to be as resilient as trees. Again our enemy is usually another person, or worse, your own self. – Fred

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  19. This article is so inspiring. Trees is important in our lives they can provide everything for us.I love to see trees, and yes trees is also like human also. You can see the changes when they grow older, but they can still give you the best that they can do.

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  20. Again! I really really love your inspirational posts! They really make you think deeper about something. Maayuha aning Lai uy! Basin mao ni imung thought process sa chix! Hahahaha

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  21. Nicely written! I wonder though, if we could only hear the trees like we do ourselves, we’ll probably realize they’re struggling as much as we are to survive the winds of change.

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  22. Once we settle in our comfort zone, there is resistance to change! Nature constantly reminds us that only thing permanent is change. So we cannot avoid it. So better embrace and make the most of it.

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  23. I love the analogy Lai. The changing of seasons is a very good example because along with it is also the change that a tree goes through. I always find it amazing. We can always compare our lives with the seasons changing.

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  24. This is a lot to take in but definitely something good to think about. I never thought that we would be so similar to nature, but I guess we are. It is definitely important to prepare for change within our lives. Thankyou for sharing this x

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  25. I’m teary eyed while reading this post. Not because it’s sad but because I feel the questions are really for me. Why not embrace change? I’m asking myself now. When I gave birth to my son, I felt my world has devasted. And that I can no longer do what I have been wanting to do. And no, God has really better plans. It actually feels now that I can do more. This goes with my 6 year relationship with the father of my son, even if it feels like it’s already too much, I keep holding on because I can’t imagine the change in my life without him. But now it feels like, my life would be better off without him. Holding on to something that doesn’t make you happy is no longer love, it is more of not wanting to accept the change.

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  26. I like the idea that you need to sacrifice some times. The tree is a good metaphor! Trees change the whole year round. Now in autumn the color of the leaves changes and the trees are preparing for winter.

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  27. Good read master! Very inspiring!!! I think people is afraid of changing because it may be outside their comfort zone and chose to be stagnant. I hope they get to read this and realize what you’ve realized and be open for a better change.

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  28. Change is not pleasant most of the time not unless it is for the better.
    But change is the constant in this world. it is in change that we grow.
    Only then when we embrace change that we’ll see the world with in a new perspective.
    We will be amazed to see a new world that we never know and we thought did not exist!

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  29. Ah we really do have to sacrifice sometimes, if we want to grow. There are other lessons we could learn from trees too, I’m sure. 🙂

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  30. Allow me to share my experience back in elementary. There’s a narra tree sa atubangan sa among school. We often wonder why sometime ma-wither gyod tanan nga dahon then mura na siya og patay. After sometime, mabuhi og balik as green as it was before.

    PS – Good observations, Lai. 😀

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  31. food for thought! I’ve never thought of trees in this way and it’s really insightful! I always think trees are stagnant because they are stationary. Yes, I’m glad I’ve read your article and it changed my perspective!

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  32. As they say nothing is permanent in this world than change so I agree, as time changes, so do we. That’s how it should be. People who are uncomfortable to embrace change are the ones who don’t grow and never realize their full potential. It’s a shame really.

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