Friday, July 2, 2010

Room to Grow

Sorry this is so late in the day!

Summer is here and I have been busy all spring planting, weeding, and feeding all my new plants, caring for them and encouraging them to grow. They’ve come in beautifully, mostly. I noticed the other day that one of my potted plants that had been doing well originally was beginning too wither and fall behind similar already transplanted plants. When I pulled the plant out of plot I saw that I had waited too long to transplant it and the roots were becoming bound and choking each other off. I transplanted it into the ground and gave it more room to grow and boy has it grown!

Living in the deep south and being a transplant I’ve had opportunities and room to grow but I’ve also seen how root bound many in the south are. Cutting themselves off from the opportunity to grow and slowly choking on their roots until they become weak and unable to support life. They are unable and unwilling to ‘transplant’ themselves and continue to grow. The south is, after, rooted deeply in tradition. I’ve seen the negative effects of being root bound, I’ve even been on the receiving end of these effects. It’s not pretty!

I've also seen how wonderful it is when you can stretch yourself, push yourself, soak up new things. You'll grow faster than you imagined!

So, are we allowing ourselves to become root bound? Or are we transplanting ourselves, stretching out our roots and soaking up new soil and nutrients and growing in the process?

I hope so! I hope to be stretching myself, searching for new food, both in my writing and in my life and I hope all of you are too!


  1. Great Post. I totally understand this because I feel root bound. I feel stuck in my ways and unable to move and grow. Part of that is being so far away from others who write and the LDS writing community, but the other part is just myself not allowing me to put out those feelers and seek for the nutrients of life to grow. I need to do that more.

  2. Sugoi, what a wonderful post! I could liken this to being at church--reaching out to investigators, converts and new ward members. It's sad how some places people are cliquish and cold-shoulder others.

    I love reaching out of my comfort zone and making new friends. That's how Christ did it.

    Imagine if Christ was too into His roots? There's no charity in that.

    Great post!! <3 <3 <3

  3. Your too right Elizabeth, I love how you related it to Christ. If we never reach beyond what we are comfortable with we can never really make a difference in our lives and those around us.

  4. I'm always excited for new growth until I get into it and realize - yeah - growing pains. It's all worth it. Thanks for the reminder and encouragement.



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