As each of us were growing up some bad things happened along the way that hurt. Some of them quite badly, and a shell of protection began to emerge.
Over time, our focus slowly started to turn away from growth and expansion and into one of self-preservation, to protect us from any outside elements that could damage our fragile inner core.
Yet like a seed that drops from a tree, many of us now find ourselves sitting on the ground today, looking up at a forest wishing we could stand strong and tall like them.
It seems that this protective layer that was once a very necessary part of our development is now preventing us from growing into who we feel we are truly meant to be.
The only thing growing now is a void inside that increases with each passing day.
So why are we so afraid to let go of this precious casing we call our ego and become that tree we so desire to be?
Author Cynthia Occelli once wrote: “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”
It’s not the breaking of our shell that is scary, it’s the insides coming out that most frightens us. We know what’s inside and how messy it might look as it escapes.
But is that all that is inside you, just the pain?
No, mixed in with all that dirt is also the essence of you and your potential, and for a short time, your tears will act as the precious water necessary for its realization.
What appears as destruction or the end to some will be seen as creation and a beginning to others, the dawning of true fulfillment.
So today, I invite you to go outside and sit under your favourite tree. Pick up one of its seeds you see laying on the ground and as you hold it in your hand look up at the splendour of growth and potential in all its glory.
Like that seed you hold in your hand inside you there is a magnificent tree just waiting to fulfill its destiny as well.
All you have to do is find a safe place to crack open that hard shell of ego and trust that whatever comes out is required for you to become that tree, and then let nature take its course.
What are your thoughts? (comments below)