5 Life Lessons I Learned From My Plants
Lesson #1: Pruning Is Essential
Pruning, for those of you who don't have plantfriends, is the horticultural practice of removing ailing parts of a plant so that it can grow better and stronger. So, basically, once a week, when I water my plantfriends, I check to see if they have any dead leaves or stems and pluck or snip them off. It's sad sometimes because I'm like, Do I really have to pull seven of Spike's arms off? I do, because I know that if I don't, Spike will fail to thrive. Will she be baldish for a while? Yes. But that's what needs to be done for her to grow back stronger than ever. Whenever I've neglected to properly prune one of my plants, he or she has ended up dead.
This is the same for humans. We must prune ourselves and our lives because leaving the dead parts there, just chilling, taking up space and energy, brings us down. This applies to people, jobs, bad habits and negative thoughts. My plants have made me aware of the pruning maintenance I need to do on myself. Sometimes I hate to do it, but I can't ignore the stuff in my life that I need to snip if I want to move forward as a person.