A Lesson About Change from a Shasta Daisy

Our Shasta daisies are blooming. Some bloomed early and are done, others are still going strong. It can be hard to clip the dead heads and yet it is a necessary step for the plant to grow stronger and larger. Once they have gone to seed it’s time to clean out the dead to make room for the new.

It is hard to know when it is time to move on, which may mean leaving what is known behind. Sometimes you have to look at the realty of your situation and accept it, even if it is not the picture you want to believe. Poor decisions in the past or not preparing enough for the future can leave us handicapped when we finally know what it is we want to do with our life.

I spoke to a woman who has been been struggling with her career and current position. She has been there many years and knows that it is time to leave. She has found a new idea and option that energizes her beyond what she thought was possible, and yet the barnacles of her poor decisions from the past are choking out her ability to move forward. She has reached the point where her current job is done yet there is no option for her to move forward financially.

Sometimes the best moves we make are when we have read the signs and understand that it is time to make a change. We have no doubt that there is something better and that we will be stronger for it, it’s just that making the change can have a ripple effect on other areas of our lives. The decisions we have made in the past can support or prevent our moving forward. We don’t often think about it when we are making the choice, yet our choices have the ability to propel or prevent our future. Sometimes the right thing to do is to clean out the dead and build breathing room for the new, which means tough choices.

Maybe you are struggling with having the clean up, clean out, throw out, or move on. It means drastic change and taking away something that once was beautiful and vibrant that is now used and a burden. It means facing your current reality in order to move forward into a brighter future. Learn a lesson from the Shasta daisy. Know when it is time to clear out the old to make room from growth. Nature knows when it is time and maybe you do too. Now all you have to do is act on it.

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