Before the Creative Process
I remember studying in grade school about the roots of trees–that often times the roots were triple in length to what was showing above ground.
Not very attractive or romantic looking, those roots:)
Not at all like their lush counterparts swaying in the breeze.
It seems that nature teaches us so much about ourselves–of what is important, of where we gain our strength and our stability.
In order for a tree to really thrive in rain and drought, in high winds and cold winters—it must have a root system. The healthier the roots, the mightier the tree. Sturdy root systems are the “feet” that hang on in fierce conditions.
So I think what I wanted to unearth in this story (sorry–I live for puns) is to look at the roots as it relates to us human beans:)
How do we nurture our own root system?
How important is it to concern ourselves more with what is growing underground/ unseen as opposed to concerning ourselves with that which is visible?
Well—have you ever clipped a tree branch and stuck it in water to see how long it lives? It can survive for a wee bit, but with no roots and getting water logged, it’s days are numbered. That’s how important the roots are to the visible portion of the tree. Life or death.
So back to me digging around on this subject. Obviously, our roots/our unseen growth– are paramount to our survival and to our thriving.
Even though they may forever remain unseen, roots are everything when it comes to growing into who we are intended to become.
How do we nurture our roots/our unseen foundation?
Well, a root system does things for it’s above ground/visible guy. Everyday.
It extends itself to gather nutrients and water for itself. It’s pretty much job one. Everyday.
It gathers them and pushes them upward and outward, to the above ground/visible tree in order for the leaves to be able to gather light.
What kind of nutrients do we need to gather to sustain and grow ourselves–to be light catchers:)?
Well, only you know what best answers that for yourself. It is up to each of us to be on the search for it—just like a root system in a tree is constantly growing towards the water source and rich soil,
we must be moving towards what feeds our hearts, what brings us JOY, what brings us to love.
That’s job one.
It’s what makes us strong and flexible–light catchers of the world! Feeding our hearts (roots) is a matter of life and death. There will be no sustained growth without a good unseen root in place. That’s why it matters so much where you plant your roots.
Ever seen a plant that is pot bound? The roots grow circular, having exhausted what limited supply of food and water there was to be had in its contained growth. Consider your opportunity for growth when planting yourself. Not as in lessons learned, hard stuff—but as in surrounding yourself in fertile regions where rain is abundant and regular:))
We are fed by many things in our lives. Our relationships, what we read, the time we take for quietness, hanging out in nature, spending time with our pets.
It’s our job, a matter of life and death, to place our roots in places they can thrive, for in that, we grow into the manner of being we are intended to be.
Without it? Do I need to bring up the spindly, pale leafed pot bound plants we’ve all seen at the end of the planting season in the Walmart lawn and garden section?
Roots–they really do matter.