Some Brutal Pruning
I went a little wild with the electric hedge trimmers tonight. This poor bush got the brunt of my OCD.
About half way through hacking away at it, I got to thinking…
This bush was just doing what it is designed to do. It’s spring, so it’s growing, budding and blossoming at a rapid pace. And here I come with the electric trimmers and cut away all of it’s recent growth. In fact I cut it back quite a bit because I know that as it continues to grow, it will fill back in and be a nice reasonably sized bush. Had I let it keep growing it would have become unruly and taken over the other flowering things around it.
So as I got all sentimental about hurting the bush’s feelings, I couldn’t help but make the application to my life. How many times do we find ourselves growing rapidly only to have someone come in and prune us back in a big way. We think we are growing and learning and doing all the right things and then someone comes in and gives us some constructive criticism that deflates us. We were just doing what we were designed to do, right? And then someone comes in hacking away. But this pruning may be just what we need to gain some perspective and to see how we are influencing the world around us. Are we adding to and enhancing our environment and the people around us or are we just growing, sprawling and taking over?
We all need the guiding and pruning of others in our lives.
Pruning is painful but unruly, unguided growth is worse.