Growth is always seen as a good thing, and yet with growth comes it’s own obstacles. I was reminded of this on my room this evening. It was a run that that was very much needed in order to get rid of the massive amounts of tension. For those friends fans out there, I was like Monica earlier and actually saw ‘the vein’!!!!!!!

Anywho, I was on my much needed run, and on my route I run down a footpath, I was overwhelmed by how much the bushes either side had grown since Sunday! In just a few days my pathway was limited, similarly as I continued my run I had to avoid plants which were growing over fences etc… All of which was beautiful, and the smell was amazing, but I had to be careful where I was running.

By no stretch of the imagination am I gardener, neither is the husband, we currently live in a flat and we have a lawn – we can cope with that. Give us any more and we struggle! My mum, on the other hand, is an amazing gardener, she knows what needs what she grows her own fruit and veg, she is a marvel in so many ways!

I am not a gardener, but I do know that in order for things to grow they need to be pruned. Things have to be chopped back. When we had a garden and the husband pruned he massacred (not an exaggeration) but in order for it to be productive, I believe you have to know which bits to prune.

This year I may have physically shrunk, but I have grown in so many ways. This brings its own obstacles, and because I want to do so much, in order to do everything properly, I’m starting to lose the path way. There seem to be great things popping out everywhere, all fantastic but getting in the way of the path. I need to take a step back, I need to prune, I need to recognise what isn’t beneficial, what is holding me back, and what will help in order to flourish fully.

I still cannot fully believe how far I have come in the last 18 months, and I continue on my journey. But I need to make sure I try to flourish and not become an overgrown mass of weeds struggling to find a way out! 

As I wrote this I automatically thought of Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone – when trying to get the philosophers stone at the end of the film, there was a necessity to work together – I am not alone! But there was also the part where the character were captured by Devil’s snare. The more they struggled the mover caught up they got, until Hermione remembered that it couldn’t bare sunlight. I need to remember not to get caught up in the various tangles, but also to shine light on the situation regularly! I will make it! 

Growth is good, but with growth comes challenges – as Barney would say – challenge accepted! 

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