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Prune Back, Plow Ahead
March 14th, 2012 10:26 AM

This is the time of year when we begin to clear out and trim up the yards, gardens, and flower pots after a season of darkness and colder temperatures.  In order for plants and shrubs to thrive and grow, they must go through this annual ritual.

Pruning actually strengthens rather than weakens and is necessary for complete growth. I have come to realize that our lives are much the same way.  Pain prunes the unessential emotions, ambitions, and illusions, teaching us the lessons we refuse to be taught by joy and happiness.  Pain helps to prune the insignificant details that distract us from what is really important in life, things that exhaust our energies and spirits. 

When we don't prune in the garden, nature does it for us through storms, fires or floods.  One way or another, the boughs will be shaped and strenthened.  In the same way, if we don't prune away the stress and plow under the useless in our lives, pain will do it for us.   After pruning, we are able to discern what is really important and what is essential for happiness.

We can study our lifestyles the way we study our plants.  When the time is right, we can prune back, and then it is time to plow ahead.  New growth will spring forth, and beauty will emerge, both outside in the yard, and inside ourselves.    

 


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