The other day as I was leaving my parents’ house, I looked up and saw a branch that was broken from the rest of the tree but had not yet fallen to the ground. It still looked like it was a part of the tree, but if you looked closely, you could see unlike the rest of the tree, the branch’s leaves had turned brown. And I thought, “Well of course because it is no longer connected to the source.”
I reflected on a few things about this branch:
- The need to be rooted in or to something. For me that something is Jesus, our Lord and Savior. One of the strongest roots is communication through worship and prayer, which allows me to stay connected to the source that provides all life. But that’s how I view things. For someone else it may be Allah. Or Buddha. Or meditation. Or daily affirmations. Or charity work. Or another cause that helps the greater good.But our lives should be rooted in something greater than ourselves; something that nourishes the Soul and the Spirit.
When you are connected to something, you are getting the necessary nutrients that not only sustain you, but also propel you towards growth.
How can you blossom if you are rooted in nothing?
- The need to literally let some things die. Let some things go. Most of us probably have something in our life that is just useless, worthless, crumpled, crumbled, or even dead. But we are holding on to it anyway. It is blending in with the rest of our life, looking like it should be a part of us, but it needn’t be there. And yet we won’t release it. We won’t let it just fall off away from our life.I recently had to tell a friend to stop talking to me about a dude I used to date because it was doing me no good to hear tales about his “good” life of marital bliss and success. And it’s not that I wish ill upon him or do not appreciate the time that we spent together.
But at this moment, it is no use to me. It does not advance my life forward. It does not improve my condition. It does not bring me joy. It does not enhance my life.
We have to shake dead weight off and get useless things out of our lives with our own strength and might.
- After you have rooted yourself in something and cut out the dead things – where in your life, do you need well…more life?More sun? More rain—because even though rain seems “bad,” we need it in our lives to challenge us, strengthen us, stretch us, and make us rise up a little more. Stronger roots? More positive nourishment? In what areas do you need to grow so that you can continue to flourish in your purpose and destiny? What fears need to be put aside? What projects do you need to accomplish? What things do you need to conquer? What adventures to you need to experience?
What do you need to bring into your life to make sure that all parts of you are healthy, vibrant, nurtured, fruitful, plentiful, satisfying, peaceful, and squarely planted, rooted in all that is good and true?
Diana Veiga is a Spelman woman, a DC resident, and a freelance writer. Of course, she’s also on Twitter.