"What Do Gardeners Really Know"
Your Success Thought for the Week of August 9, 2006
At the risk of sounding like something embroidered on a pillow adorning your grandmother’s couch, gardeners truly do have a lot of wisdom. Why else would they spend so much time weeding, pruning, digging, sweating and injuring themselves?
I was recently witness to this on my own deck. As I dove into the daunting task of deadheading an unwieldy planter box of petunias, dianthus and wandering verbena, I admired the bounty of these thriving plants. The growth brought about by the late summer sun and constant attention to watering and fertilizing was impressive. Inexperienced gardeners would stop here, not realizing the importance of cutting back to encourage new growth.
As I began my work, I noticed how much had changed since my last pruning just two weeks ago. Complete areas had withered away. The deeper I ventured into the plants, the more I recognized which had to be eliminated. As the plants grew outwardly, parts of their base were no longer needed. Pruning exposed each plant’s exquisiteness.
The harder I worked to remove dead components, the more I found. When I stood back to admire my work the outward appearance hadn’t changed dramatically, but I knew that the plant was stronger and healthier. My effort was complete. Or so I thought.
I walked around to see the opposing view of the planter and soon learned that there was additional work to be done. What did I learn from Mother Nature’s lovely gifts? I was reminded of three life lessons which are beneficial to revisit from time to time.
It's time to eliminate past, obsolete beliefs that clog and dilute your self perception. Enough already, you know what they are. Act, move forward (not backward) and become even more brilliant than you were yesterday.
This 'deadheading' process is never complete. Each year, month, day brings about more to let go of in order to open up to the new you. As with a well tended plant, stand tall, breathe in the sunshine and experience growth opportunities that surround you.
Experience this allegory for yourself in your journal and with trusted advisors. Make this week count. Only your mind keeps dusty old components of 'you' alive, not reality. Be bold. Make strong and final cuts.
Enjoy your discoveries and have an insightful week.
Ann Golden Eglé, MCC
Executive Coach & President
Golden Visions Success Coaching, LLC
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