Naked & Full of Potential

I went on a bit of a bender this weekend.

A garden bender.

Maybe that’s generous. Makes it sound like I have a garden. I now have the space for a garden; I have garden potential.

What did I have before? Patches of grassy weeds, three seasons worth of dead tree detritus, and flowering vines, sun scorched and now crispy. And as grody as that sounds, it actually didn’t look that bad. It was Uncultivated Chic. It was also bugging the hell out of me.

Now the ground is bare. Naked. Maybe a little embarrassed for itself? It’s so exposed; I imagine it’s a little uncomfortable. But there’s a part of me that wants to leave it this way because of the possibility it represents; it’s ready to grow just about anything.

I’ll plant soon, because if I don’t, I know I’ll round the corner and start seeing the possibility wasted. Fallow. Unfulfilled. I want to get my hands dirty and be part of something new, right in my own yard.

What corners of your life could use a good clearing out?

What potential is buried under old things and crispy thoughts?

Are you willing to trade the discomfort of exposure for new growth?


5 thoughts on “Naked & Full of Potential

  1. What a beautiful analogy! Corners of my life that could use clearing out…old thoughts of impossibilty that don’t serve who I am or where I’m going. Not that they ever did, but they fit in the old scenery.

    I think I’m seeing the sprouts of potential and I’m loving it! Looking forward to some juicy growth.

    Yes, I’ll trade discomfort for growth. Absolutely yes!

  2. I need to clear out the thoughts that I’m/my work isn’t good enough and that there’s no point in doing it. A lifetime of being led to believe that success is best defined as ‘doing okay’ isn’t easy to get away from, but I’m working on it.

    As for trading discomfort for growth, oh heck yes!

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