We’re a lot like plants. No, we’re not green and we don’t have leaves BUT we have a ton of other similarities. For example, we’re both completely dependent upon the nutrients we receive each day, we have complex biological systems running through us, and without the proper environments, neither of us can grow.
Recently I’ve been obsessed with the word “bloom.” Mainly because it inspires a feeling of growth and beauty, and sounds good rolling off the tongue. However, it’s also a verb I’ve been allowing myself to do — to bloom where I grow best.
Think of your life like a garden.
Before planting a garden what’s your first step? Deciding what seeds you’d like to plant. Your goals are your seeds. What you want out of your life are your seeds. Your dreams, aspirations, loves, hobbies, and desired feelings are all your seeds.
Next, you make sure you’ve prepared the proper environment. Not all seeds flourish in the same soil, temperature, or even elevation. In order to grow properly you must plant seeds in their ideal environment. The same goes for your life seeds. Your environment consists of your relationships, jobs, hobbies, physical living space, and anything around you that influences your day to day. Look at your metaphoric packet of seeds and determine what type of environment will provide them the best opportunity to bloom.
Once your seeds are ready and your environment is set, it’s time to plant. Dig in! Invest in yourself! Invest in others. It’s full speed ahead toward whatever it is you’re striving toward. This is the time to set your garden up exactly how you’d like it.
Now that your seeds are planted you’ve got to nourish them. Sun, water, and fertilizer are ideal for plants, but good people, nutritious food, an active lifestyle, fulfilling careers, exciting hobbies, and lots of dog cuddles will do the trick for your seeds. Make sure you’re nourishing your life seeds with everything they need to grow big, tall, and strong — lasting far into the future.
This is where it gets good — now it’s time to bloom.
Now you sit back and enjoy your garden. Share the love with your neighbors. Spread the bounty with everyone you know and even strangers down the street. Appreciate all the hard work that got you to where you are today. Smile. Laugh hysterically. Soak up the feeling of utter bliss. You’ve earned it, pal!
Bloom bloom bloom!!!!
Bloom where you grow best. Water your own garden. Plant seeds worth sowing. Make your life the only one you’d want to live.