Do You Trust the Tree?

I’m a little embarrassed to share this story, but it was a good reminder to trust, so here it is. If you’ve been reading my weekly stories lately, you know I am enjoying the assortment of birds and other wildlife in the tree and pond right outside my window. Earlier this month, I started to get concerned about the tree. Bright red buds began bursting out the tips of the branches that had been bare all winter. It didn’t take long for word to get out in Squirrel World that a new all-you-can-eat buffet had opened. Soon there was a whole crew of squirrels in that tree daily devouring its buds.

I know it sounds silly, but I was legitimately concerned that the squirrels would eat all the buds and the tree would die. How could it survive if it didn’t have enough leaves to capture the sunlight? All I could do was watch from the other side of the glass as those voracious little varmints stripped branch after branch clean. As you can see in the picture above, I was face to face with one little culprit and managed to get photographic evidence of his crime. I think he was taunting me saying, “Yeah. I’m eating these delicious buds. What are you going to do about it, Mr. Human?”

I did the only thing I could do. I surrendered and trusted. Mother Nature must know what she’s doing because that tree was here long before I moved into this apartment last summer. I know I am odd, but I did not want to be known as the crazy neighbor chasing squirrels out of a tree! < Insert squirrel or nut joke here. >

Then something miraculous happened. Little sprouts of green began emerging underneath some of the red clumps of what I thought were new leave buds. With each passing day, there were more of them. As most of you probably already know, those squirrels were not killing the tree by eating its new leaves. They were feasting on the little helicopter seeds that twirl to the ground. Upon realizing this, I felt relieved and ridiculous at the same time.

Now before you judge me too harshly, remember, I was not here to witness this transformation last spring. I didn’t know the helicopter seeds were red. We had similar maple trees in the front yard of my childhood home in Upstate New York, but the helicopter seeds of those trees started out green and then turned a golden tan color. They were never red.

In any case, as you can see in the second photo, I was concerned for no reason. That tree is now full of bright green leaves and doing just fine without the slightest intervention needed from me. The squirrels had a peaceful feast without this silly human trying to “save the tree.” What a great reminder to trust the process of life even when things don’t appear to be going the way I think they should. This reminder was very timely for me. I hope it is for you too. 

Facilitating Family Constellations for the past 9 years has been one of my best teachers for learning to trust the process. Even when seemingly random or extraneous things come up in a constellation, I have found they usually provide meaningful information if I am open to seeing it that way. Along those lines, A Course in Miracles has taught me that Spirit can find a way to express love and light in even the darkest of situations. A small crack in the door is all that’s required to let in the light.

If I can assist you in cracking the door to let some love and light into a challenging situation, please reach out for a private Family Constellations Session or perhaps a series of Spiritual Coaching Sessions based on A Course in Miracles. To learn more or to book a session, please explore my website

Until next time, may you remember to trust that life will continue to grow in miraculous ways if you allow it to.

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