“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”
– Lao Tzu
I’m a gardener. Not the most caring or nurturing, but a gardener nonetheless. We all are actually. The garden of life consists of many types of flowers and plants, some requiring more care than others. Rainy days. Sunny days. The garden has seen it all. My garden was growing into something beautiful until one day all growth just came to a halt. I noticed that I had no longer been caring for flowers, I had really been watering weeds.
Whether it be relationships, desires, inanimate objects, or addictions, we have all kept some weeds in our gardens for far too long. We’ve allowed those weeds to overpower our thinking and ultimately take the reins. My weeds in my garden have often times sucked the life out of me and made me feel as if my garden would never grow again. I held on to friendships for far too long. I kept pouring myself into guys I knew needed to be removed long ago. I was addicted to validation from everywhere else but within. I gave up too many things to not see the fruit of my labor. And it was all my fault. We as people allow things to become stagnant, because in our minds we think things will change leaving them as is. Newsflash: weeds will forever be weeds. They do nothing but harm the tulips and stop the orchids from getting the love they rightfully deserve.
Being completely honest, at one point in my life I was my own weed. I was holding on for dear life to this woman that I once was. I refused to let the wiser and accepting woman enter in. As of two months ago, personal things in my life hit hard. I was forced to let go in order to “become what I might be” and “receive what I need.” Since relinquishing the old me, I’ve received peace… love… and happier well-being.
Today’s Keyword: ter·mi·nate (v.): bring to an end
The seasons are changing. We are done with the first quarter of the year and some of us are still devoting our time and energy to people and things that are destroying our garden. And in doing so, we ultimately aren’t paying attention to the lovely flowers trying their hardest to sprout in our lives. Uproot all the things that are causing havoc and damage to your life and allow your garden to grow.
Watering the right things is,