Are You A Black-Eyed Susan?
Two weeks ago, on Wednesday afternoon, I stopped by the local nursery to pick up some Black-Eyed Susans.
They are such gorgeous summer bloomers and I wanted to plant three in my garden.
The three plants I bought were vibrant and healthy looking, but when I got them home and pulled off the pots, I discovered a problem. They were root-bound.
For you non-gardeners, that means the plants had been in their pots too long. Their roots had curled around each other tightly and choked the plants’ growth.
The cure for root-binding is to cut away many of the old roots and thin them out before putting the plants in the soil.
I dutifully rid my new plants of about 50% of their root mass before planting them in my garden.
The next day, I walked out the back to see how my new flowers were doing, expecting to see them happy and healthy.
Instead, they were wilted and droopy.
Out came the hose and I gave them a whopping dose of cool water.
I ended up repeating the routine each morning for two full weeks until the old roots had healed and the new roots began establishing their hold.
Why on earth should you care about my fussy flowers?
Because you may be very much like them.
As humans, we like to stay in our safe little pots. We drive the same route to work, choose the same brands of clothes, eat the same foods. We eat at the same restaurants, vacation at the same beaches and shop at the same stores.
In short, we get root-bound.
The only way to grow is to change things up. Get a bigger pot, with fresh new soil and cut loose some roots to our past.
When was the last time you did something different – shook up your routine – broke an old pattern?
If you’re ready to grow, take minute right now to make a list of 3 things you could change TODAY before you go to sleep and do them.
Then do them again tomorrow. And the next day. Continue your three new things for two weeks. At the end of that time, evaluate whether the new routines serve you better than the old. If so, keep them and repeat the process all over.
If you find some of the old routines serve you better, keep those and add some new ones next week.
You are way too young to be root-bound and have your growth stunted. So grow and blossom and let the world see the beauty only you can bring forth.