The trees around our condo property are being trimmed as I write this. In Florida, nature is powerful – things grow fast here and can quickly get out of balance. With the winds that blow over this great peninsula and the upcoming hurricane season, pruning, trimming and fertilizing is critical to helping the trees and the buildings stay safe, regardless what comes our way.
This reminded me that we should do regular life maintenance so that things work as they should; we should prune, trim and fertilize in our own lives.
Prune. There are things in life that need to go – big changes. Like trees that need larger branches removed for their overall health and strength, some of the things in our lives need to be pruned. Perhaps they are unhealthy habits or relationships we have. Perhaps it is a thankless and tedious job that undervalues and under-employs our talents. Perhaps it is a group of friends that don’t share our values about life, relationships or money. Perhaps it is a connection to a family tradition that has served its time and purpose and needs to go. We have a tendency of holding on to things in our lives that should be discarded. Prune the things that don’t serve you. Prune the things that keep you from knowing your true self, living your purpose and achieving your potential. You own this life and all that happens in it and to it. Don’t be afraid to cut out the things that do not allow you to achieve your greatest and most creative self.
Trim. There are things that need some redirection and small changes. Because not all parts of the trees grow at the same rate, they frequently need trimming to even things out. In life it is the same – some things may not need heaving pruning, but rather some gentle trimming. It may be a relationship that just needs a bit more attention – another phone call a week – to keep it healthy. It might be a minor change in eating habits to include more fresh and organic vegetables in the diet. It might be the inclusion of a morning affirmation to start the day out more powerfully and with greater happiness. Small adjustments when done in a timely way can yield tremendous results.
Fertilize. We are always growing – and for that to happen well, we need to constantly feed what matters. Trees need the right combination of minerals and water to stay healthy; tree health starts at the base – at the roots. It is the same with us. We should fertilize our brains with new and powerful perspectives – ways to connect to our greatest abilities and show up powerfully to our lives. We should fertilize our hearts with meaningful and powerful relationships. We should fertilize our spirits with meditation, quiet time and an awareness and appreciation of our world. The more we feed ourselves with the right combination of what helps us grow into our best selves, the more firmly we connect to our lives.
We are like the trees – needing constant care to grow into our best selves. Big changes, small changes and constant learning provide us with what we need to show up powerfully to our lives, regardless what life storms come our way. We become solid, anchored and confident – nothing gets us to move from who we are.
What pruning, trimming and fertilizing do you need in life? Don’t wait for a strong wind (challenge) to blow you over. Be ready by preparing now.