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Choosing to tend to our roots

Tending to our roots

Tending to our roots

Why are we so slow to learn? Maybe it’s just me, but I suspect not.

I recently asked a wonderful group of sparkly women at an event at which I was speaking –

What do you need? What is most important to you?

These are questions I often ask clients. When we take the time and the courage to really search deep into our innermost beings to answer these questions, we tend to uncover that which is closest to our hearts. Of course, the answers will vary depending on our particular season of life. But there are often roots that keep us grounded in what matters most that, if we pay heed to them and tend to them carefully, ensure we survive the changing seasons up above ground.

What do I mean by that?

I know what matters to me most, and it rarely changes with external circumstances or in different seasons. These are my roots – family, creativity, God, nature, music, deep relationships, efficiency.

But I am slow to learn the importance of tending to those roots, and giving them the time, love and nurturing that they need.

It can be tempting to be drawn into new-shiny-possibility thinking: ooh look, I could l do that….. which detracts from time needed to invest in the roots.

Equally, ‘shoulds’ and ‘oughts’ surface all too easily – I know that this root is my priority just now, but I feel I should see so-and-so/do whatever. Sometimes, that is the right thing to do. But sometimes not, and motive is key.

And sometimes, there is straight-up fear-of-missing-out. There is so much fun going on ‘out there’ and I want to be in the thick of it, we tell ourselves. And our roots wither and shrivel up a wee bit.

Because, as we well know, when we say ‘yes’ to something, we are always saying ‘no’ to something else.

As ever, there is no right or wrong here. This is about paying heed to our own roots, the season we are in, and the choices we make about priorities.

But several recent conversations in my little world have reminded me, in this season, of the importance of taking time, care, space to care for my roots. And having the space to notice these little prompts, and to heed them.

This is not just OK, but good.

What are your roots? How much heed are you paying to them? How do you nurture and tend to your roots so that you can flourish and grow – for you, and those growing around you?

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