I cannot believe it’s already April (well May in a sneeze). If you’re an active advocate for growth and change, you must have sat yourself down to review how Q1 has been. And if you are alive in 2021, the answer may be ‘ Yeah, we survived so there’s that!’ And that’s a great answer! We are ALIVE! And that’s absolutely amazing but I think Q2 is officially the time to be a little more than alive. It’s time to work on growing [your plants lol].
During the pandemic, a lot of people became parents and a lot of people particularly became PLANT parents. I have a very good theory on why. Plants are an interesting source of life for us. We start out believing that if we follow the formula, water once a week, do not leave in direct sunlight, etc, there is no reason they won’t thrive (?!) They represent a lot of the stability goals we may have for ourselves. If only we could water, repot, reposition and then GROW right? Well, why can’t we? It’s time to grow and here’s how! (ps, am I the only one who didn’t get a new plant in the heat of the pandemic? Maybe because my daughter and my dog felt enough to take care of LOL
2. Watering- Watering is tricky. We always think to ourselves that water is a good thing for plants. I mean, besides that, what else can we give them to let them know we care? That makes it so weird that water gives life but can also cause your plants to rot. Crazy how life is. It is imperative to water your life SELECTIVELY. Not everything that seems good or meaningful is meant to be in your life. Treat your space and life as something that is delicate, especially right now. Choose when to water yourself, be it with self care, a new skill, some extra motivation, and learn when to withhold water and let your roots soak up the water you’ve given it. Do not overload yourself in the road to self improvement. Water can still kill you.
3. Repot- It’s exciting when your plants are THRIVING! They are bigger on top, and that usually means they are bigger underneath the soil as well. They may grow to a certain point and then you notice they start deteriorating. No, you haven’t done anything wrong, your roots are suffocating. This means that your plant needs a bigger home! It’s the same for us. It is great to grow.;To develop new hobbies, to have new ways of thinking, to climb the social or career ladders. But be aware that your own growth can start to suffocate you if you don’t give yourself SPACE to grow into. Now, this isn’t physical space alone. It may means cutting out some old habits to make way for new ones, letting go of certain friends to meet new ones, decluttering your closet full of clothes from 10 years ago to make room from new timeless pieces, right? Give yourself the best avenue to thrive.
4. Grow towards the light- I love the fact that plants tend to bend and sway towards where the light comes from. It’s like they are always looking towards better and better. Don’t you think so? We should do the same! Keep your eyes towards the sun. Your ‘sun’ could be God, like mine. Your ‘Sun’ is your reason for doing the things you do. It’s your due north, your locus point. It’s important to fixate on your ‘sun’ and keep moving towards it in your decision making. It centers you and helps you keep track of this growth if you have a benchmark, an aspiration, a lifetime goal maybe?
Meanwhile, I finally got some plants now that the ‘plant mom’ trend has finally died down on social media. I’ve always loved plants and at some point, I had 7 at once in my home. Plants are a good source of knowledge and they really do give us a sense of the fragility of life but also how special it is to be able to grow with what you are given. They also don’t talk back unlike children so keep that in mind.
I love you, you are LOVED.