Hello and welcome to this weekly mini-episode of the Curious Coach podcast. This week’s episode is inspired by a tree and I offer two reflective quesions for your consider!
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Hello and welcome to this weekly mini-episode of the Curious Coach podcast. This week’s episode is inspired by a tree. Tree’s, like lots of things in nature, are remarkably resilient. They know how to put down deep roots and create foundations to support their growth above ground. This also means that there’s a lot of the tree that’s hidden from view. In fact, because we can’t see those roots, radiating outwards and beneath the surface, it’s easy for us to forget about them. But without them, the tree wouldn’t be supported, it wouldn’t be able to extract nutrients and water from the soil, and would likely wither and die.
In fact, have you ever had to cut back the branches of a tree? There was one such tree that a neighbour drastically pruned back last year. All the branches were more or less cut back and what was left was a tall column rising from the ground, several feet high. There were no branches or leaves left – just the trunk. It was the sort of trunk that wouldn’t have looked out of place on a desert landscape. To all intents and purposes, the tree looked dead.
However, what happened over the course of the following year was pretty impressive. Shoots of green started to appear and slowly, the tree returned to life. New branches formed. Leaves appeared; and the tree blossomed, determined to survive; determined to grow. And with that new growth, it took on a new shape; a new beauty.
And that brings me to a couple of different reflective questions for you to consider this week. Firstly, what roots have you put down, that support you, that nourish you, that protect you?
And secondly, what do you need to let go of, in order to allow something new to grow and blossom?
Two deceptively simple questions. But you might find that they’re not so easy to answer and might require some reflection. Your roots might be your strengths, values and beliefs or your support network that gives you that strength, courage and resilience to face what life can throw at you.
And usually when it comes to growing and developing, we need to be able to let of go of some things that no longer serve us – we need to prune back our own branches – letting go of activities, beliefs or thoughts in order to allow new growth to occur.
So there you have it, a couple of deceptively simple questions to reflect on for this week. Identifying your own roots that support and nurture you, and taking stock of anything that you need to prune back to allow for new growth. I hope you enjoy reflecting and I’d love to hear your thoughts. So please don’t hesitate to get in touch by sending me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and that’s stephen with a p.h. Full details of this and all the other episodes can be found on my website at stephenclements.ie/podcast
Thanks for listening and until next week, don’t forget - stay curious!