There is an Egyptian proverb that says "The seed cannot sprout upwards without simultaneously sending roots into the ground." This is definitely evident during the height of this gardening season. I’m trying out some container gardening on my deck this year and so far, I have some pretty healthy looking herbs, tomatoes, green onions, and miniature bell peppers. Not to mention a variety of flowering plants. With all this rain we’ve been experiencing, everything is lush and green and fully blooming all the time and I’ve already had to repot some plants which had become root bound. And finally, after several weeks of careful vegetable nurturing, I’m beginning to reap the benefits of all my hard work. I must say, I’m enjoying it very much! Puttering in my deck garden, planting, pruning, repotting, feeding, and harvesting not only gives me something to do, but it saves me a little bit of money on items I purchase at the grocery store all the time. Plus, home grown produce is just plain healthy and delicious. And the flowers are not only pretty, but are a haven for bees and hummingbirds as well!
Of course, this proverb is actually metaphorical for human beings. We, too, need certain things in order to continue to thrive. We are fed by the encouragement and mentoring of others, we strengthen our roots through friendships and networking, we grow by learning new things from books or workshops, and we might even need to be repotted every now and then just for good measure.
As you head into your next phase of growth, what parts of you need to deepen in order to reach your full potential? What growth needs to unfold as you reach toward the light? How can you go about balancing and stabilizing yourself? There is always something we can do to continue to grow and stay fresh and relevant, in both our personal and business lives. Do you feel as if you are sending roots and sprouting upwards or do you feel more like you are going to dry up and get burned out?
It’s good to ask ourselves the hard questions every now and then. Here’s a good one for you…If you were a vegetable, what kind of vegetable would you be? What would it take in order a harvest a good crop? Me? I’d be Basil. I’m pretty low maintenance. All I really need is a small pot to live in, a healthy portion of sun, a lot of water, and space enough to spread my leaves. However, I don’t wander enough to require the structure of stakes or cages. I can be potted with other plants or grow just fine on my own. I don’t require a lot of attention other than just basic needs in order to be happy and healthy.
School has already started, which means the summer is technically over for many folks. It also means that the growing season is getting shorter and shorter every day. Can you bloom where you’re planted or is it time to take a few new steps in order to fully thrive?