Drop the Dead Leaves -Thursday Tree Love #4

I saw this tree, earlier this week and it reminded me of this quote from Rumi… Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.


Isn’t this message so simple yet so profound. As we grow in life, we gather so many experiences in the form of people, places and everything around us. As much as we may want to but all these are not just the good and positive. There’s the bad and the ugly as well. While we often look at positive things of the past with a smile, but we really hang on to the negativity of the past.

Our failures, our mistakes, our disappointments, and our hurts from the past are shackled around our ankles. They weigh us down, yet we hold on to them tightly.  Some of these painful memories are immortalized in our minds.

Last week, I was in the grip of a past hurt, which I believed was truly a thing of the past and would never be a part of my present again. And yet, it was there with all its power to distress and agonize me.

Why can’t we be like this tree and drop all the leaves of resentments, hurts, pains, miseries of the past? I know it’s easier said than done, but we must truly drop these baggages of the past. It’s a conscious choice that we must make.

In one of the meditation session that I was a part of, the guide suggested three strategies to let go of the past.

  • Acknowledge that we have some dead leaves to drop.
  • Consciously work on removing them from our life.
  • Reap the benefits of the progress.

The process of dropping dead leaves is a slow process but a progress nevertheless.

Yes, let’s be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop and bring about a positive change in our life.

Do you have some dead leaves to drop? How would you go about dropping them?

Linking this to Thursday Tree Love, a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link up. Let’s come together to appreciate the beautiful nature around us.

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43 thoughts on “Drop the Dead Leaves -Thursday Tree Love #4

  1. shilpa dear, this was a fabulous post, I fell in love with this tree and what a beautiful background. Added to all this is the meaningful reflection of yours, yes I do have some leaves to drop. How do I go about dropping ?
    I pray for the persons everyday, and whenever they come to my mind.
    Everyday before I retire to bed, I pause for a while review and send vibes of peace, love and harmony.
    I practice gratitude for the gift (learning, lessons) they have given me. Thanks for sharing:)

    • I like the idea of praying for people, it would not only bring about a change in their lives but bring peace and calm in our life too. Thanks for sharing such a lovely thought, Genevive.
      And thanks for your kind words too!

  2. Loved the message Shilpa it’s so profound. We always find it tough to let go especially of pain, anger, rejection, resentment. But as you rightly mentioned it’s the first step in setting ourselves free. I used to bury these negative emotions in my heart for long and they used to hurt badly but I have learnt to let go. Not for others but for myself

    • True, letting go is easier said than done but believe me, there’s nothing more liberating and freeing than leaving these past hurts and resentments behind and moving on.
      Yes, letting go is a gift that we need to give to ourselves. And am glad that you did just that, Akshata!

  3. Such a gorgeous shot, Shilpa. The quote and the reflection are apt for the click. There is so much to learn from the Nature. We all have those dead leaves weighing us down. It’s time I learn to lose mine. I’m not sure though, the how to part.
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    • They say when the reasons are strong enough, you will find a way to overcome the obstacles. So you will find a way too!!
      Thanks a lot, Vinitha. Glad that you enjoyed reading this post!

  4. That’s a beautiful analogy and I loved how you related it. I have personally been benefitted by dropping leaves – initially I used to forget and then I started forgiving. It’s easy and comes with practice and time.
    Great shot and a message to remember and act upon. So glad you joined, Shilpa.
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  5. Realize it for the first time that a tree could come with valuable lessons for life! Yes let the dead leaves fall- i would call it the negativity of life- whatever it be.
    I have generally been feeling a bit low these days. Thanks to this post, i should smile a bit more, isnt it!

    • A big hug to you, Ramya. Hope you are feeling better and smiling more often too. Yes, go ahead and drop the negative emotions of pain, hurt, anger, regrets and resentments and welcome the peace and calm!

  6. Wow! Love the beautiful analogy of dead leaves and past hurt/pain/resentments! How aptly you’ve expressed your thoughts…I struggled for many years to let go and only now am beginning to see some positive changes in myself…tough things can sometimes bring us very positive outcomes! Food for thought indeed.

  7. Great reminder. I was with someone two days ago who was holding on to anger from events that were long gone. I asked her, why do you still carry that? What good is it doing you? Afterwards I had to ask myself what I might be carrying. Thanks!

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