I have outgrown my pot. Have you?
If you stay in your own little world too long, you will not only stop growing, but begin to shrink and possibly wither and dry up. Your roots have nowhere else to expand to, and they give up trying to grow.
This is how I have been feeling lately. Many of my readers know that I suffered a mental meltdown last summer. I left my job and came home to get better, to get healthier all the way around. And in some ways I have. And in other ways, I haven’t.
Too Comfortable- I have gotten too comfortable staying at home all day, alone. I have gotten too comfortable not seeing people face-to-face other than my family on a daily basis. I have gotten too comfortable not stretching myself any further than my own little world, other than online.
Too Complacent- in some ways, I have gotten complacent with where I am. I feel confident where I am. I am the big person in a little playing field. I am not having to compete or put forth much effort. I “know” this place I am in.
What happens though, when you stay in a space too small for you, is that your roots get all bound up. They get all intertwined together. They get too close, too much time together.
For me, I believe that this has possibly caused me to be too introspective, too concerned over myself, if you think that is possible. While I am all about taking care of oneself, I think there is a time and a place when you need to just get out of yourself and do something different.
In my own garden
I have noticed in my own container garden, that I had plants that had stopped growing because they needed to be moved to a bigger pot. When we did so, they looked funny at first, a little bitty plant in a big pot. I bet that plant felt a little odd, a little lonely, a little out of his element.
This morning, however, I looked back at my little squash plant that had been repotted a couple of weeks ago. It is thriving! It is growing and spreading its vines into its new space! It has acclimated to the bigger pot.
Moving to a bigger pot
So, while it may be scary for me to consider transplanting myself into a bigger pot, into a space where I no longer am the big plant in the little pot, I feel it is necessary if I am to grow. I know that it will be scary, and I will be uncomfortable. I won’t have that comfort zone I am used to.
I do know, by observing nature, and by knowing human nature, that if I give myself time, space and adequate nurturing, I will spread my vines and expand to the capacity that I know I am capable of.
One of my first steps?
I am participating in a trade show this Saturday where I have a booth and will be speaking to people as they go by. My goal? To increase my readership and mailing list and to seek out opportunities to speak in my metro area. Scary, but I can do this!
What about you? Do you need to look at a bigger pot? How would you like to spread your vines and grow?