It's a journey.... week five
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Traveling on a journey brings opportunities for growth... so I am wondering...have you been growing on your journey or are you just putting one foot in front of the other and plodding along?
What does it take to grow? If we think about planting a garden, what do plants need to grow and to thrive? Here are some ideas:
Water: Plants need water and so do we. What does it mean to “water” ourselves? It means doing healthy things for our body and for our minds.There's a direct correlation between seeking soul care and reaping “soul fruit.” When I exercise, my muscles get stronger. When I feed my mind, my soul feels stronger. Think on positive things… take time for yourself… feed your soul as well as your body.
Digging: Plants need healthy soil to grow. Often when I feel I need to grow, I know I’ve got to dig a little. I need to determine why I feel a certain way. Looking back into my history to determine how I got here may shed light on the present. If I want to move in a new direction, it's important that I look back to examine the path I've been on. I've got to dig and see what's under the surface of my emotions or my actions. Why am I resisting doing what I need to do to lose those lbs.or why am I sitting on the sofa instead of going for a walk? Digging doesn't feel great, but it does have incredible rewards.
Staying: Plants take time to grow so we may not always see what is happening under the surface. Growing isn't always about moving ahead. Sometimes it's about staying put, holding on, waiting, learning patience. Rest is important to our health so take time to rest and to get enough sleep each night.
Expanding: Once the seedlings break the surface of the ground, they open up and reach for the sun and for light. This is new territory for them… some plants will thrive and some will fail. This is true for us, too. Are you trying new things? Are you reaching out and expanding your knowledge?
Do you feel you are growing? If not...what needs to change?
“All growth depends on activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort and effort means work.” Calvin Coolidge