Cultivate Your Best Garden
Close your eyes. Imagine that you are standing outside. There is a slight breeze. You can smell the fragrance of flowers in the air. You can feel the sunlight on your face. You are standing in front of the most beautiful garden you have ever seen. There are plants and flowers of every kind in the garden. The flowers are in various stages of blooming. The colors are amazing. The floor of the garden is covered in a beautiful ground cover of lush green vines with purple flowers.
As you look around the garden you admire all the hard work the gardener has done to keep the garden healthy and free of weeds. At that moment you realize how painstakingly difficult it must be to keep the garden so beautiful. Every day the gardener must be intentional and deliberate in her care of the garden.
What does your garden look like?
Think of your life as a garden. You want to have a beautiful life. To do that, just like the gardener who painstakingly works to keep the garden free of weeds, you have to be intentional and deliberate in the care of your garden to keep it free of weeds.
You don’t want to live a life weighted down by bad habits (weeds). It is time to Spring Clean Your Life and examine your patterns and set fresh goals for yourself.
Your habits demonstrate a great deal about the real condition or state of who you are. They often show you something of what is actually going on in your heart and mind.
I believe that everyone has a purpose and gift they are called to share with the world. When you allow bad habits to get into your life you lose focus from what you have been called to do and your gift never gets shared.
This week, take some time and ask yourself what unhealthy or unhelpful patterns you've developed? Maybe it's spending too much time on Social Media (guilty). Or maybe you've taken to overindulging in food, alcohol or sleep. Binge watching Netflix. It could be poor spending habits, complaining, criticizing others, judging others, over-working, or being lazy. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list but you get the gest.
Next, ask yourself how or why you developed this habit? Bad habits are usually a buffer for something else that is going on in your life. Beating your habit is not as easy as “just saying no.” Saying no requires you to understand the root of your problems. Self-awareness is key to weeding the garden.
Ask for help. Without counsel, plans fail. You need others to help you change and grow. Find someone you can share with to help you stay on your path.
Lastly, begin creating healthy habits. Thomas Kempis wrote, “Habit is overcome by habit.” In my own journey, I have found this to be both helpful and true.
As the gardener of your life, you must be intentional and deliberate to sow into healthy habits. When you create healthy habits you stop the bad habits from having room to grow.
Everything connected with the old way of life has to go. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life. A life renewed from the inside out.
What do you want your garden to look like?
In what ways do your bad habits rob you of creating a life that means something to you on your terms?
From the list of unhelpful/unhealthy patterns, you listed, which habit would you like to be free from?
What benefits would you experience if you were set free from that habit?
What is one step you can take today to start being free from that habit?
Do you wish you had someone to talk to about this? We can work together break those unhelpful/unhealthy habits and see how you want to create a life that means something to you on your terms, see what is standing between where you are and where you want to be, and how you can overcome those obstacles. It can change your life.
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