Ok, so maybe not a tree, but a plant. I felt the need to type this little note as I’m looking at my pothos. Last year I wrote about how I had to trim it because it was dying and how sometimes we need to cut away what no longer serves in order to create growth. It worked in spades for my plant and I love seeing the amount of growth it has now. It is still sprouting new leaves as the vines get longer, always creating new life. It’s an appropriate reminder that we are always gifted multiple chances and if we can put away, cut out and leave behind what doesn’t serve, true growth can occur.
If I follow the lines of the vines, I get a bit dizzy. They all spiral and connect, all weaving in and out of each other, new and old combined. It reminds me of the paths we take in life. Just because something happened a certain way doesn’t mean it has to continue that way. Yes, it may always be a part of who we are, but we still move forward. Life isn’t always linear in spite of having a beginning and an end. No. We know it is circular, always coming back to the same lessons over and over again until we learn it and incorporate it into who we are. We even get to branch out at times, taking a new path and seeing what comes of that.
Maybe it’s trite, maybe it’s cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Our life isn’t linear—not ever. The overall trajectory, yes. We are born and we will all die, that is the straightest line of our story. But that story is built of many layers and lines. I used to be afraid of confusing things, forgetting what I was doing and that I wouldn’t be able to find my way back if I needed to. Then I realized I was doing that anyway with trying to control everything. So I want to take a lesson from the plant again and learn to relish in the branches and splits and opportunities that come. If I can celebrate those things as growth from the plant, then I need to celebrate it as growth for myself as well.