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Lessons from a Plant

Updated: Feb 3, 2023

A few years ago I received a little family of succulents from a student as an end-of-the-year gift. I was determined not to let this one die like others I’d been given charge over.

I kept it by my bathroom sink as a reminder and I watered it religiously every 3 - 5 days. Its color remained beautiful, vibrant, and healthy. About a year into this process, I remember feeling proud about this dedication and the health of the plant. Then I had a mind-blowing, earth shattering realization.

The plant was fake.

Yes, I had been watering a “plant” that didn’t need water for at least a year.

So what did this teach me? Well, after I learned to not feel like an idiot and that honest mistakes can happen from honest intentions, I didn’t think about that plant for a long time. But I kept it as a funny reminder.

The other day, the lesson came back around with more potency. Where in my life do I water things that don’t need water? Metaphorically speaking, of course.

What things do I give time, money, energy to that just don’t need it? I meditated on this for several minutes and the shift was big.

My biggest take aways was the water I was conserving was easily redistributed to me and helped line me up with my own integrity.

What are your artificial plants?

What can your energy be better used for?

Enjoy the growth!

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