Are You Root Bound?
Poor little guys. As normal, I’d bought my spring flowers and put them in the courtyard to plant as I got around to them. One day I’d plant several, other days just one or two. It’s my annual routine. No agenda, each year different than the one before.
Somehow this year I missed two plants I’d bought a few weeks back. They’d gotten covered by sprawling greenery. Once I finally discovered them they were next to dead. Withered and dry, there seemed little option but to toss them in the trash.
Good thing I didn’t! Finally pulling them out of their store-bought container, it was clear they were dying. Roots were circling one another desperately looking for some place to extend their little fingers and attempt to grow. Repotting them just in time, they are now healthy, green, and in full bloom, as if especially proud to have been freed. I bet they’ve forgotten all about those few days of their near-death experience.
So much can be learned from creation. A lot like those pitiful plants, we too become bound by unhealthy roots; some by way of past experiences, some current hurts, others dreams that have withered on the vine. Life can sometimes seem a continued flurry of feeling contained by barriers that keep us from growth.
Yet there are things we can do that produce the freedom to grow.
Crush your container. What is holding you back? Is it some relationship you are hoping finds its way into perfection? A lost dream? Some unanswered prayer? Or perhaps a past of pain? Crush it and free yourself to do great things with your life.
Bust through your “bound-age.” One of the hardest life lessons is that no one can free us from our own limited thinking. There is no such person who can say the right thing at just the right time, nor any person that can truly make things better. Our perspective belongs to us.
Pay attention to the tension. Pain always has a purpose. If you find yourself in a “rut” then heed the warning, use it! Thank God for it. And then put that feeling to work and make changes that can promote growth as opposed to keeping you bound.
Have you been feeling a little root-bound? That can be just what you need to re-energize your agenda and prioritize your growth. Free yourself by identifying and then changing those very things that are holding you back.
Personal growth is just that. Personal. No one can do that for you, nor can you do that for anyone else. Give yourself the opportunity to think big, reinvigorate those dreams, and take a leap of faith. You just may find a few new blooms waiting to emerge.
Don’t give up! Every day is a new chance to replant dreams, visions, and hopes for your life. Let them live! Chase them down. Just start with a healthy root system and grow from there.