Refining Your Life

Plant Metaphor

Plant Metaphor

Orchids are a symbol of refinement.  I had never purchased an orchid until this summer.  I think I am drawn to their symbolism as much as their beauty, as I am currently in a stage of refinement.  I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about what I want my life to look like and what I want to spend my time doing.  While I haven’t figured everything out, I am getting closer to the answers that feel right for me at this stage in my life.

When I was younger, I wanted to experience everything.  Pack as many activities as I could into every day.  Now I find the pendulum swinging in the other direction.  I want to do less, but “be” more.  I am recognizing that quantity is not necessarily quality.  I don’t want to be the “jack of all trades” anymore, I want to get really good at a few things that I truly enjoy.

I was thinking about my orchid plant.  It is just finishing its blooming stage and is moving into its resting stage before it begins another period of growth.  I noticed that as one of the four leaves is yellowing, the other three are becoming stronger and healthier.  The nutrients are going into refining those three leaves as the fourth one is being cast off.

I think that is where I am at this moment in my life.  I am completing a blooming stage of great activity and am moving into a resting stage of meditation and reflection.  I am casting off the things in my life that no longer work for me and putting my energy into refining the things that matter most, allowing me to become a stronger and healthier version of myself.

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