Someone gave me a plant several months ago. I don’t do plants very well. I like them well enough. I’ve read that they are good for a healthy home environment – that they clean the air and lend an atmosphere of peace and harmony.
In my “if” life (the life I imagine I could have “if” I had time, energy, money, etc.) my home is filled with lush, green vegetation.
In reality, any plant that I have tend to get forgotten. Most days, I deem successful if I water and feed me and my family.
During one of my past decluttering sessions I got rid of several sickly looking plants – mostly consisting of sticks and dried leaves. The pots went too. I was done with plants.
Then this one showed up. It moved around quite a bit and finally landed on the table in the entryway. I like it there. If someone shows up at my door, they can see the plant and know that I have made an attempt at decorating. My hope is that they will see the plant and overlook the pile of shoes, jackets, dog hair and bags full of who-knows-what that typically fill said entryway.
The plants sits in a very visible spot so I remember to water it. Okay, to be totally honest, I can see when it’s wilted to a point that I remember to water it.
It’s in a good spot for me.
Lately I have noticed that the plant is leaning – reaching out away from the wall towards the center of the room – towards the light of the window. I turned it around so it would straighten up. It still reaches towards the window.
The plant knows what it needs to stand straight and to grow. It’s not concerned with being in the right spot to “look good” or satisfy a shallow need to keep up appearances.
The plant knows where it needs to be and what it needs to be the best possible plant that it can be.
A simple lesson for me from the humblest of places. Today I am wondering and thinking about what I need to be the best possible me. Where do I need to be? What do I need to do? What is in my way? What is keeping me from the light?
What unnecessary things and actions are keeping me from standing up straight and growing fully?
I’ve moved the plant in a place of honor in front of a window. And gave it water.