Create Space to Grow

Image may contain: textI heard a great story yesterday. A friend had bought some succulents to have in her home. The plants came in these beautiful small pots, each hand painted. They also came with instructions. My friend followed the instructions meticulously. One tablespoon of water on a regular basis.

After four months, the plants didn’t look so well. So she did what any of us would do. She watered them more.

It didn’t work. The plants continued on their downward trajectory.

When she took another look at the situation, she realized that maybe the problem was that the plants had outgrown their space. Their beautiful, hand-painted, custom-designed space.

She went to the garden store and bought new, bigger pots so the plants could grow. And they did.

Creating space. It sounds so easy. But creating space usually requires letting go of something. In my friend’s case, she had to let go of the beauty that came with the plants in order for what was important to grow.

In our everyday lives, creating space also requires us to let go. Sometimes it’s letting go of habits that hold us back. It could be letting go of those things that bring us comfort. It might be letting go of people who criticize or hold us back from reaching our fullest potential.

Creating space is hard but so critically important for growth. When you create space you create time to work on your goals, taking steps to get closer and closer to where and who you want to be.

When you create space, you create an invitation for good things and good people to come into your life and help you grow.

When you create space, you acknowledge that some things aren’t working for you anymore and you are ready to move into a new phase of your life.

Creating space. When I create space for self-care, it means I’m making a commitment to myself to be healthy and happy. When I create space for Happy Fix, it means that I’m focusing on creating a community of people who want to help and support one another to live their best life. When I create space for connection, I am more available to the people who are important to me.

In this created space, stuff grows. There may not be time for a Netflix Binge but that’s ok. Watching Parks and Rec or The Office the third time around is probably not going to help me grow. Funny? Yes. Growth-oriented? No.

How can you create space in your life? Like plants (and I seem to have a lot of plant metaphors this month), we need space if we are going to grow into our true selves. Our beautiful, authentic, unique, selves. Regardless of how beautiful your current container is, give yourself the gift of space so the focus can be on you, not the container. #HappyFix#SelfCare