This past Sunday began with my noticing the herbs I grow in my Aerogarden were looking like more of a miniature jungle than a garden I’d actually want to eat something out of.
Out came the scissors and the pruning began.
The photo to the left represents the results of those efforts – a pile of compost fodder and some now recognizable basil & parsley plants.
This impromptu pruning set the tone for the rest of that cool and rainy day, a day I spent pruning stuff, commitments and ideas from my life.
In reading about pruning on Wikipedia, I noted that pruning involves the “selective removal of parts of a plant” and results in the following:
- Deadwood Removal
- Shaping by controlling or directing growth
- Improving or maintaining health
- and Increasing the yield or quality of flowers and fruits.
The reasons for pruning apply as much to our busy lives as human beings as they do to plants. Who doesn’t want to get rid of the dead wood in their life that is weighing them down, or do what they can to control or shape their own life? Improving or maintaining one’s health is a no-brainer and I’m guessing most of us wouldn’t be upset if a little pruning ended up increasing what we get out of life.
For me, pruning last Sunday looked like:
- Emptying cupboards of dishes we don’t use often and purging shelves in the basement of items we’ll not need in the next chapter of our life.
- Saying no to or renegotiating opportunities that won’t fulfill me and will instead become dreaded commitments.
- Recycling countless pages of saved articles and conference books containing notes and possibilities I’m now willing to release.
Life gets overgrown and pruning helps bring it back under control. What have you pruned recently, and if you haven’t done any pruning, how might your life benefit from it?