The Sunday Sessions: 4.29.18 Edition
Sunday is traditionally a day in which we slow down, take time for reflection, and recharge. Every Sunday, I will share a poem, excerpt, or thought that will make us think, wonder, or even laugh as we prepare ourselves for the upcoming week.
This month has been so full of tulips, from writing my guide to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival to visiting and photographing the tulips a few times. Yesterday, when I visited the fields with a friend, she asked why some of the rows had the flowers cut off from the stem. I told her how deadheading the wilting flowers allow the plant to send more energy to the bulb for next year’s bloom.
This got me wondering about whether we can apply this gardening principle to our own lives. There might be some part of our lives that we have loved and has made us happy, but it fit a particular time in our lives and isn’t necessarily relevant to who we are now. We have outgrown it. In fact, continuing to put energy into that area is actually weakening us or holding us back in some way. Holding on to this blossom is taking away from the potential beauty in our next bloom.
For me, I realize what I need to cut out is working on National Board Certification. This is due May 16th, so it will be over soon enough, but I find that spending a lot of my free time working on it is taking away from time spent with my family and time spent on my writing. It just needs to get done and out of the way so I can focus on what I truly love.
Question of the Week
Who or what do you need to cut out of your life so that you can focus more energy on fulfilling the potential in your next blooming cycle?