What we can learn from plants

Plants have been around for millions of years, and over the millennia they’ve been growing, changing, adapting.
They can teach us many important lessons about life; from slowing down, pushing through, and just blooming where were planted; something many of us are struggling with during this pandemic.

Bloom where you’re planted

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Plants have an innate ability to make the most of whatever situation they’ve been placed in.
Isn’t it fun to see a small flower blooming from the crack in the pavement? They had just enough of what they needed to grow. Its hard to always see the best of our situations, but we need to be grateful for what we do have in our lives, and grow from tough situations.

Always look on the light side

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Plants will always look for light. You may notice that plants in your home will start leaning towards the light, or get ‘leggy’ when then don’t get enough. Light is essential for their growth, as it is to us.
Just like plants need light, we need our daily dose of Vitamin D. Being outside positively affects our mood and mental health.

Take a break

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Many plants go into a state of dormancy in winter months, or if they are under stress due to extreme heat of drought. They do this conserve moisture and energy. Once the climate is favourable to grow again, they’ll sprout new leaves and shoots. We all need to take a break and step back sometimes, spending time focusing on ourselves and healing,so we can show up again when were ready.

A lesson in giving

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Suzanne Simard of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, discovered that plants, especially trees, communicate. (1)Nitrogen, Carbon and Phosphorus can also be exchanged between plants through mycelia, but the extend is not yet knows. It is also now believed that plants can support each other – Larger, more established trees can help younger trees grow and survive, through the transfer of essential minerals.
Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give – Ben Carson.

Removing negativity

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Pruning and snipping off old leaves, not only keeps the plant looking pretty, it also can inspire new growth.
Look to do the same in your life – keeping those who inspire you, and moving on from those who hold you back.

Moving on

Sometimes, you just have to stop watering your dead plants…
Use the water to nurture what works, whats good and whats right. Don’t waste time focusing on dead relationships, dead ideas and dead promises.
No matter how much you water concrete, you cant grow a garden – T.D. Jakes.

Stop Comparisons

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All plants grow at their own speed and bloom in their own time. Plants that shade other plants, give the lower plant a push to find new opportunities for light and space, but rarely a reason to stop growing.

What have you learnt from plants?
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