How many of us are “just living” our lives instead of thriving? I’m not sure there are hard scientific numbers to answer that. But I’m pretty sure there are a lot of folks who feel they are “just getting by” instead of thriving.
On a recent trip up to the mountains just south of where I now live I found this little plant growing in a crevice. I admired the tenacity of this tiny tree…it was determined to grow where it had landed, even if it couldn’t sink its roots deep into the earth. This made me think of my own roots.
Being recently relocated, I could relate to the tiny tree’s plight. Being uprooted, as it were, can be very traumatic whether you are a plant or a person. As I looked out at my new home, from atop the mountain, that feeling of being uprooted swept through me. I had left so much behind me; I had so many unanswered questions; I had a deep reservoir of pain that I was struggling to deal with.
Yet at the same time, I saw possibilities—there was an entire town, county, and state for me to explore. Not in a million years had I ever thought I would be living in a desert region. This old gal just doesn’t like the heat! Anything over 75 degrees is a heat wave!
Looking back at the tiny tree, I decided I could do the same thing. I don’t have to sink my roots to the bedrock in my new home to thrive. Just getting by isn’t an option. Or it is an option, but not one I want to contemplate. I refuse to stay in place emotionally, waiting for that “next thing” to come along to make me feel better. It’s okay to sink my roots into my new home shallowly, knowing that this isn’t where I want to be ten years from now.
My ultimate goal (and my kids’ goal, too) has always been to get back to the Pacific Northwest. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy where I am in the meantime. I don’t want to just “get by” until I am finally at my goal. Like the little tree clinging to the rock, I can thrive while planting my roots as shallow as possible.
How about you? Are you thriving or just getting by? Have you ever thrived while your roots weren’t dug in deeply? Please feel free to share your comments.
For those that didn’t see it on my Facebook page, here is the cover of book four in “The Intergalactic Matchmaking Services” series!
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Until next time…be kind to each other…and to yourself!