“Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something’s time has passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great metaphor for endings.” ~ Henry Cloud ~
You are the gardener of your own personal tree of life. It is your job to furnish the good things that nurture life to its greatest productive potential. It is also your task to do judicious removal of shoots that will either choke the tree or be nonproductive. Once a branch has reached the end of its production, it needs to be pruned out to make room for new growth. This is the creation of opportunity.
The challenge is to recognize which new shoots have the greatest potential to bear fruit. You must realize it may take years for them to start producing, or never will, if not given the opportunity. Pay patient attention and train the new growth into its best place.
My father taught me to see the difference between good growth and what he called “waterspouts.” Good growth expands the tree to a larger size. Waterspouts are unproductive fast growth that goes sideways to the goal and saps the strength of the good branch and the tree.
There will be lots of waterspouts in life that can be initially exciting, but will quickly show their real goal. Cut them out quickly. Also be ready to eliminate the things that have seen their day and are just weighing you down. Growth must be balanced or there will be a tragic break.
The good wood deserves your love, attention, patience and nourishment. Give it all you have got and you will be a happy gardener. You will be pleased with the grandeur of your work. I hope your tree is fruitful with success, happiness and love. It is even okay to get a little nutty sometimes.