Peace After the Shock

If you have been reading my weekly stories over the past year, you know how fond I have become of the tree outside my living room window. I have written about its different phases through the seasons and about how I enjoy watching the variety of birds that frequent its branches. It has been a comforting companion to me since I moved into this apartment last summer. 

Well, one thing that is certain in this world of duality is that things change, sometimes unexpectedly. I returned from my walk on Monday morning to the sound of a chainsaw coming from behind my building. My first thought was the landscaping team was doing some routine maintenance. Then I saw a man carrying a huge tree branch through the breezeway. As I climbed the stairs to my apartment, I was shocked to see that most of my beloved tree had been cut down. Once I wrapped my head around what was happening, I entered my apartment to get a closer look. 

From the same window where I used to gaze at the birds perched in the tree, I saw a man with a chainsaw perched there cutting away the last remaining top branches. Seconds later, the largest branch fell to the ground with a thud. Deep sorrow washed over me, and tears welled up in my eyes. It was hard to watch my friend being removed so unceremoniously and without warning. Since the tree was right outside my window, it felt like the office should have given me some advanced notice.

Thankfully, I have been studying A Course in Miracles long enough to know what to do in situations like these. I gave myself permission to be sad, and then I asked Spirit to help me see it differently. The first thought that popped into my head was now I would have a much better view of the pond and fountain outside my window. I have to admit, my current view is much more expansive. Then I remembered my friend, Dorena, the Space Doula, telling me that moving water in front of one’s home is good Feng Shui. The windows are in the career area of my home, so now perhaps more light and good chi can enter. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but I find it interesting that I have booked a few extra sessions since Monday.

Then another thought occurred to me. Here in the Southeast, we officially began hurricane season on June 1. Recently, I noticed a large dead branch had fallen into the other branches. A strong hurricane-force wind could have sent that branch hurtling through my living room window. In fact, there must have been several dead branches in that tree because numerous woodpeckers flocked to it pecking for insects every morning. Perhaps when the fire marshals were here last week to inspect the property they flagged that tree as a fire hazard and hurricane risk. As much as I loved it, I wouldn’t want to risk it catching on fire or ending up in someone’s apartment during a tropical storm.

Little by little, I am adjusting to this new experience of my apartment. There certainly is a lot more light coming in through the window. Another bonus, without the woodpeckers converging in that tree for breakfast, it is a lot quieter in the morning. On the downside, I have to be much more mindful of what I’m wearing when I walk past that window at night! There is a whole row of apartment buildings that used to be blocked by that tree. 

This experience is just another reminder that there will always be unexpected changes and losses in our lives. Some big. Some small. When they happen, we absolutely must allow ourselves time to adjust, grieve and feel the sadness. For the big ones, there is no shame in reaching out for support from trained professionals and others who have experienced something similar. For the smaller ones, and when you feel ready after the big ones, ask Spirit, your angels, or your higher self for help to see the situation differently. Whenever I ask this question, no matter what is trying to take away my peace, large or small, a new thought drops into my mind that would not have occurred to me otherwise. When we look for the blessings in disguise or ways to use our experience to assist others, it can help us return to peace and give us the strength to move forward. I hope my story about the tree is helpful to someone out there who is experiencing an unexpected change. 

It would be my great honor to walk with you and provide support and comfort if you have experienced one of life’s unexpected changes. I offer Spiritual Coaching sessions based on the strong principles found in A Course in Miracles. These teachings came into my life just as a tumultuous relationship was ending and during the roller coaster years before my mother made her transition. I am extremely grateful for the peace I was able to experience during these challenging times thanks to the Course. Maybe now they can assist you. Please look around my website for more information and to book a session or series of sessions. 

When unexpected life events happen, may you remember to ask Spirit to help you see things differently. It has been one of the most powerful healing tools for me. 

It takes great learning to understand that all things, events, encounters and circumstances are helpful. 

A Course in Miracles ~ M-4.I-A.4:5

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