This past summer, a friend brought me a few plants which I reluctantly took with a “thanks, but”.....you see, in the past I have killed most plants that came into my home. My mother and grandmother had a green thumb when it came to houseplants. I do alright with outdoor plants, but somehow when they are in my home, they die (often a slow death because I ebb and flow between remembering to care for them and forgetting). Let’s just say they have never thrived.
Well, this year, I have had some success. I have even been able to give a few cuttings away to family and friends and have used some cuttings to allow myself to have a few of these pretties. In my efforts to care for them, I have tried to keep up with removing dead leaves and stems.
This past weekend I was doing this and noted that there were a few spots where they didn’t look healthy and in order to preserve the whole, I had to remove some seemingly healthy leaves that were attached to unhealthy stems. I thought about how this is often how life is. We have to remove some things that we may feel are good things in order to make room for the best things. Lysa Terkeurst calls this “The Best Yes” in her book with the same name.
My life has been pruned this past year. Some changes are out of my own decision-making and others out of my control. What I have found is that as my life becomes different (I almost said “simpler”-HA!), I am better able to discern what is my “best yes”.
Have you had to make changes and found that the changes have been a relief? Have changes been made out of your control that have been difficult? What is your plant looking like these days? What can you do about it?