Throughout generations, plants have been a beautiful medium through which we can learn some of life’s valuable lessons...
1. Plants Don’t Set Limits for Themselves
A plant wants to grow as much as it possibly can. It never tells itself ‘I’ll stop growing after I reach a certain height’.
When we hold limiting beliefs about ourselves, it hinders our potential. As Henry Ford once said, ‘Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right’.
While it can be healthy to know your own limitations, it’s also healthy to let go of inhibiting thoughts. You deserve to thrive.
2. Plants Allow Their Struggles to Make Them Stronger
How does a tree respond when it’s left by itself, exposed to the elements? It simply digs its heels in by growing thicker roots and trunks. The result is the tree becomes stronger and more sturdy than one which has been sheltered from stormy weather.
As Napoleon Hill said, ‘Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.’ None of us are immune from challenging times. We can be encouraged, however, that struggles have the potential to make us stronger.
3. Plants Turn Towards the Sun
Plants do not focus on the weeds and predators around them. Instead, they turn to face the sun. They bathe in its rays as they concentrate on their primary objective: growing.
Winston Churchill famously remarked, ‘You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.’ How true.
While it’s good to be aware of life’s potential pitfalls, it’s important not to get distracted on our journey by things that will only weigh us down.
4. Plants Are Adaptable
Plants possess the ability to adapt to changing seasons and this helps them to thrive. They accept the challenge in front of them and adjust themselves accordingly.
One of life’s inevitabilities is that circumstances change. When we are inflexible, our wellbeing suffers. Peace is often found, however, when we accept that there are some things we cannot change and we decide to carry on enjoying life regardless.
5. Plants Add Value to Other People’s Lives
By simply existing, plants provide people with so many benefits such as nutrition, healing, air filtering, stress relief and even shelter.
What are we doing to add value to the lives of those around us? It doesn’t take much to improve someone else’s day. Sometimes, just being there for the people we care about can mean the world to them.
6. Plants Are Happy With Being Themselves
Plants don’t rely on the validation of other plants to be who they are. They are happy with the purpose they have been given and they work towards fulfilling that purpose every day.
For many people, recognizing their purpose is no easy task. Once we realize our purpose, however, we can go about boldly executing that purpose. There’s great peace to be found in knowing that we’re blooming just the way we should be.
7. Plants Move at Their Own Pace
Plants react to the world around them but they always move at their own pace. Sometimes we want plants to grow faster but ultimately they are the ones who dictate the speed!
We are all unique and have different needs. We cannot please everybody. Some may want you to do things differently or at a different pace but ultimately you need to be true to yourself. It’s important to move at a pace that will improve your wellbeing rather than impair it.
Let’s be thankful for plants and the valuable lessons they teach us. Whether grown indoors or outdoors, plants do us a world of good.
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