Sometimes we need to prune our lives to give us the energy to thrive.
It's very nearly the end of the year and even though it's the festive season, some of us are feeling a little drained (well probably a lot of us actually). I know that at this time of the year, my kids usually get a bit "ratty"; I'm counting down and dreaming of nights where I don't have to make school lunches and my husband is also "chomping at the bit" to be on holidays from work. (Sorry to any overseas readers for my Aussie slang - to sum up, we are all at the end of our tether - MORE than ready for holidays!!)
I was eating my cereal this morning looking outside at my Gardenia hedge and realised we can learn a lot from nature. As you can see in the picture above, they too, are looking drained and in need of a little TLC. It's been a huge month for them as they have been busy as bees producing the most gorgeous flowers. Putting in 200% effort, to show us their talent.....however, because I'm a little behind in the pruning, they are looking tired and lacklustre.
What we can learn from Nature
Humans suffer from this affliction too. When we constantly give ourselves, constantly put in 200% without pruning back, we get tired and lacklustre, just like the Gardenias. It's not until we actually stop for an extended break like Christmas, that we realise just how much we are in need of a pruning.
Think about this....in the context of my Gardenia hedge....once I get out my garden clippers and give the hedge a prune, I'm getting rid of all the dead flowers. Dead flowers that, while they are still attached to the hedge are sapping important energy from the plant. Energy that could be put to use making more flowers or a thicker and more robust hedge.
Do you need to prune?
So, my question to you is....what is stealing your energy? Is it physical items? Or emotional baggage? Is it people around you? Or a mixture of some of these things?
The holiday break is a great time to give some thought to what has been going on around you. Think about whether there are areas of your life where you can do some pruning and therefore increase your growth as a person....this is especially important if you are a parent of children who depend on you. After all, we are everyday role models for our kids.
Pruning will give you back your energy.....vital energy that you need to thrive as a person!