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Pruning Your Life

Spring is near, and nature is a wonderful teacher about life. We all know that the most beautiful rose bushes were carefully pruned. Well, sometimes our life needs pruning too.

A rose bush will create more flowers than it can sustain. You need to prune back the "good" ones in order to make room for the best blooms. Where in your life do you have too much going on? It may be painful to cut back but it is the only way to make room for what is most important to you.

Sometimes we prune because a branch is dead or leaves are sick. Where might there be some habits, people or activities that are weighing you down? Putting more energy into it won't help. Maybe they served you in the past, but the season is over. You sometimes need to cut it away to make room for a happier and healthier life.

Our life is precious, just like the season. Your time is finite. You can't have everything and you can't do everything. To truly thrive, you need to be deliberate about what you nurture and what you cut back. Have a vision of what you want your life to look like so that you can prune with purpose.

“Being alive requires that we sometimes kill off things in which we were once invested, uproot what we previously nurtured, and tear down what we built for an earlier time.” - Dr. Henry Cloud

* This blog post has been inspired by Dr. Henry Cloud's Necessary Endings.

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