Pruning- “Trim by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to increase fruitfulness and growth.”*
Pruning is a task that is not fun to do and yet is so fun to watch the effect of having done so. A flowering bush once weighed down with too many blossoms, some way past their prime, returns to its glory with new buds, intoxicating the surrounding air with its fresh fragrance.
We know this to be true of plants, so why is it so hard for us to prune the rest of our life?
Old relationships that we’ve dragged along, just because we’ve always done so.
Extra-curriculars that helped us at one time but now seem to be an extra burden.
We add and add to our plate without ever taking-away and we find ourselves drowning.
Perhaps it is because we are afraid. What if we need that dead blossom one day? What will our life look like without it?
We will never know until we let go.
We must take the chance of channeling our energy into that which is thriving- new buds, new life that bring with it the sweetest of fragrances and the relief that we are truly focusing on that which is growing, not that which is past its time.
Grab your shears. Take a look at your life as a whole. Where do you want to focus your energy and growth? What do you need to let go of?
Make the cut and feel the sweet relief of pruning.
*Oxford University Press. The Oxford American College Dictionary. Published G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2002.