I’m a pretty amateur gardener…less than amateur even. But one thing I have found, to my absolute astonishment, is that it doesn’t matter what it is, if you give it enough sunshine, a bit of space with some wide open air, and water….it will grow!
I have plenty of plants that have been pretty sickly. I thought about giving up on them but the notion that small things done consistently over time, add up to great things stuck with me. To keep plodding away, doing a little bit each day, and living in the faith that great things will happen. In my case, keep watering those sad looking plants, with faith that they will burst back to an abundant life of beauty.
It struck me whilst out in the garden the other day, how much our lives are like plants. There will be times when storms come through, and tear your roots out the ground and throw you around. But here’s the catch. If you let despair get the better of you, and hide away in the misery of it all, that’s exactly where you will stay. If, on the other hand, you take small consistent steps daily, to lift your mood, work toward a goal, and live with hope in your heart, it will only be a matter of time before you bloom!
These steps might be things like dream building, positive association, keeping a gratitude journal, saving money, walking every day, getting out in the sunshine, changing eating habits, counselling, building new friendships, mending old friendships, walking away from things and people that no longer serve you, forgiving, practice, learning. Whatever it is, “simple little disciplines that, done consistently over time, will add up to the very biggest accomplishments…But that simple little error in judgement, compounded over time, will take you down and out.” -p34 The Slight Edge -Jeff Olsen.
So keep watering, filling your cup because those little things that seem so insignificant, will lead you to greatness! The truth is, in the next 12 months, you can put virtually anything in your life onto the right track!