Spring is the time to refresh and renew. Today, I was “deadheading the roses” in the garden.
It’s a story I tell almost every time when I speak about managing your energy and cleaning out the clutter. And it’s the story people seem to recall the most.
Because I am married to a gifted gardener, I benefit from the bounty of collards, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, apples, figs and beautiful flowers. My main job in the garden is to deadhead the roses.
As Rick handed me my gardening gloves and clippers for the first time, he explained why. “A rose blooms and then it dies and continues to take energy from the bush until you clip it so the energy can go to the new blooms.” What a great analogy that is to life! Where can you begin to deadhead what no longer serves you to focus on what really matters?
Consider unfulfilling relationships, unproductive habits and limiting beliefs. Take a moment to imagine where your life could blossom by simply redirecting your time and energy. Start small and allow the momentum to carry you as you prune what doesn’t serve you and grow stronger and wiser. This is a powerful work-life balance practice.
What will you deadhead?