As I sharpened my pruning shears and stretched out my tree trimmer, I began to think about the symbolism behind my actions as I worked on the Japanese Ornamental Maple in our courtyard.
Every year, I grab my tools, stretching, straining, trying to keep the tree from taking over in the little courtyard leading to our front door. Every year, it’s a battle between the Redbud tree and the Ornamental Maple. Each one seems to stake out its claim for the right to cover the walk with low-hanging foliage. It’s that kind of foliage that when it touches your head, you immediately wonder if that was a spider that just dropped down for a visit!
After some well-chosen cuts and tweaks, I walked out to the street-side curb and took a look. The symmetry was perfect. No low-hanging branches, covered with leaves, plus additional light from the sun for the courtyard flowers.
I wondered how much time one should spend in thinking about the symmetry of one’s life. There is so much to one’s self that one simply cannot see. Actions, habits, and patterns become ingrained, almost second nature to us, and we engage them without thinking. How do they impact our productivity, creativity, and the general quality of our relationships?
If we’re over-weight, out-of-shape, and generally out of condition, we find a personal trainer and a program that promises fitness and health. When we are transitioning in life, if the resources are available, we may engage the services of a life coach.
What if the resources for such luxuries simply do not exist? Are there any options for the rest of us? Clearly, there are.
- Take time everyday for personal reflection. Yes, we’re all very busy, and connected 24/7. This is even more reason why we need time to reflect on who we are, what we are doing, why we doing it, and what or who we are becoming.
- Check the integrity of the information you’re using. It is a current that flows into your being, bearing either propitious resources, or worse, the flotsam and jetsam of life.
- Momentarily, detach your self from yourself. No, that’s not a play on words; simply being able to step back and watch and listen to yourself brings enormous rewards. Are you communicating the way you want to communicate? Are you listening? Are you playing a select number of scripts, adapting them to every scenario?
Trimming and pruning can have amazing effects. It’s not just for trees, you know!