Okay, let me start with my favorite saying about children, “Dirt is good for kids, look what it does for flowers.” Which is really the point of today’s post. Remember when you were a kid, you couldn’t wait to grow up? Each birthday was a milestone. A year past which brought you closer to 16, 18, 21. And then you’re an adult. Many of us who are way past even our children reaching these milestones, look for ways to improve our lives. We study, meditate, yoga, exercise, healthy eating, the list goes on and on. The sad thing is, we gauge our growth or how far we think we’ve come, by how good or bad our life is at any given time. Which is wrong!
Have you ever planted a seed in water before placing it in the ground. If you have, you know the seed has to absorb lots of water, then it becomes blotted, then the shell of the seed breaks open, so the beginnings of the roots are free. They are spindly, pale and depending on the type, some are even gnarly and hairy. Basically, just not pretty, at all. At this point we usually place the gnarly spindly, ugly thing in the dirt. We water the dirt to make mud and then we leave it there in the mud and dirt because we know this is where the real growth starts. Again, depending on the type of plant, days or maybe weeks later, the first green sprouts appear. Yet even these new sprouts are not always pretty. Most plants break through the dirt in a still pale, spindly form. In order for the plant to continue to grow and stay healthy, the roots must stay buried deep in the dirt. Even the most majestic trees, the most aromatic bushes and the most beautiful flowers owe their very life existence to having their roots firmly planted in the dirt.
Each season many plants shed more seeds to become plants the next summer. During the long cold winters, they lay in the cold dirt, water, and mud waiting for the next cycle of growth. I wonder how much more beautiful we all would be if we embraced the “dirt and mud” in our lives as merely growing stages. How much happier would we all be and how much more abundance would we see in our lives if we stopped trying to grow and change without first planting our roots deep in the mud.