So Iâ€™m going through a little bit of a transition right now (seems to be the story of my life!) in a few areas. Neither good nor bad ~ perhaps a little scary and also a little exciting. However, I find myself at times tempted to want to look back. How did I get here? Could I have done something differently? Should I have done something differently? Would I be further ahead if I had stuck with x, or chosen y instead?
Dangerous territory to play in my friends! Because the truth is, Iâ€™ll ever know. And it doesnâ€™t matter, anyhow! I have to trust that all I have experienced and all I have down have contributed to where I am and all that I am in this moment.
I spent a lovely evening with a very special woman and friend recently. She introduced me to yet another amazing â€“ and very fitting â€“ Chinese proverb:â€œThe best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.â€
While I could spend time and energy wishing I had started my business endeavors years ago, gotten those qualifications that would have come in handy at 22 as opposed to deliberating on it at 32, I didnâ€™t. That time has come and gone. And thatâ€™s okay! I chose to do other things (and had some exciting times, let me tell you… riding a motorbike with my dreadlocks waving behind me along the crazy streets of Thailand, living in an Ashram in India eating with my hands on the floor and meditating at 5am, learning to surf in Australiaâ€™s beautiful Sunshine Coast…)
So, the question now becomes, do I deliberate a little longer only to wake up one day and realize another twenty years have gone by? Or do I take action and plant that tree right now, knowing that in twenty years from now it may have grown quite tall, and be in beautiful full bloom? I may have to wait a little while before finding out the answers, and work hard at watering and nurturing the tree in the meantime â€“ but if I donâ€™t first plant it, there will certainly be no chance of potential growth.
There you have it, folks. A short and sweet post this week. And the moral? Find out what tree you would like to plant the most, and do it now. The time will be passing by anyway, so you may as well be growing something while it does.
Have a FAB week, everyone!
What â€˜treeâ€™ are you thinking of planting in your life right now? And what is stopping you? I would love to hear from you in the comments below :-).