The city I live in is nicknamed the “Forest City”. We’ve got trees. Lots of them. And last week, a lot of those trees got their limbs cut off-it’s pruning season.
Workers have been busy cutting off the branches of the trees that line my street, and let me tell ya, I found it to be a bit emotional. Now, I get it…they’re trees. It’s not like they were screaming in agony as parts of themselves were removed, but on some level I felt sorry for them. The places where their branches had been cut off looked like open wounds…..fresh and exposed to the elements after being chopped off by machines.
Part of me felt bad for the trees (hey, I’m a tree-hugging hippie at heart- I can’t help it), even though I logically know that pruning off their branches allows the trees to be healthier.
This got me thinking about the parts of ourselves that we have to let go of in order to properly grow and be healthy.
What beliefs do we have to let go of?
What habits do we have to quit?
Are there people in our lives that we should break ties with?
Anything that we hold onto that doesn’t serve us, is holding us back energetically from being able to receive more of what we do want. It’s keeping us from seeing the results we want to see in our lives and business. Sometimes we hold onto to things out of fear, or out of habit, but in order to fully grow into being our true selves, we have to remove them. We have to prune away the stuff that’s holding us back. By pruning away what no longer serves us, we’re opening ourselves up to more possibilities. We’re opening up an energetic channel for more good to flow into our lives, and we’re opening ourselves up to new experiences and opportunities.
The act of pruning old beliefs and habits isn’t always pleasant. It can be down right painful because like the branches of the tree, they’ve become part of us. But if we look at the big picture, we’re able to see that letting go is a necessary part of life. It’s nature. Old things fall away, and are replaced with new.
What things are you willing to let go of in order to grow?
What are you ready to prune away?