By Jackie White
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Have you ever heard that saying before? I love a quote that cuts right to the point! Many of us choose to stay tight in our bud. You may ask what is your bud?
Your comfort zone
Your same ol’ same ol’
Most of us just remain there until we are forced to do something different. Why? Because doing something different means risk. Risk gets a bad rap a lot of the time. It is seen as being dangerous, taking a chance, and can be scary. Many of us would rather avoid fear than voluntarily step into it.
Let me ask you this, what if you just choose to accept risk as only a chance to blossom into the person you were meant to be? What if you made that choice before pain sets in and makes you change?
Choose to Blossom
Choose to Blossom
What if you decided to be proactive, face your fears, and blossom? This way, it is under your control, not the control of circumstances that have put the squeeze on you. Let’s take a look at some areas of life where we might be stuck in our bud and how making the choice to blossom before pain forces you to change makes the difference.
Health and Wellness
Are there some health and wellness choices you probably should be making? Are you eating crappy foods that don’t nourish your body? Are you not moving your body or exercising it routinely? Have you been avoiding a doctor visit because you are fearful of what you might hear?
Staying in your bud: This means you are a sitting duck. You are waiting for a health issue to occur to force you to make healthier choices.
Choosing to blossom: Choose to change your health habits before you have a serious medical condition like a heart attack or diabetes. This feels like a lot of pain for the benefit of downing a few more pans of brownies and pizza pies.
Have you been tending to your relationships as you should? Is there someone you need to reach out to or have a conversation with?
Staying in your bud: You can continue to ignore the issue and drift further apart from a meaningful person in your life or live with unresolved issues that are eating at you. These feelings of loss or uneasiness may sit with you for years. Are you willing to do that?
Choosing to blossom: You can take the initiative to resolve or just reach out to the person with whom you need to mend fences. The conversation may be difficult, but the result could fix the relationship or at least create closure for you. Wouldn’t that ultimately feel better?
Have you been stagnant in your career? Have you been wanting to do something different but are afraid to make the change?
Staying in your bud: You can continue to do the same job day after day depositing your paycheck but receiving little else from your employment for the rest of your life.
Choosing to blossom: You could prepare for the next promotion and strategically set yourself up as the best candidate. You could choose to find a job that better suits you offering more benefits than just a paycheck. Each day wouldn’t feel like a grind. It might even feel rewarding and meaningful.
Do you feel something is missing? Do you feel like you yearn for more? Are you the person you want to be?
Staying in your bud: You can stay right where you are today. If that idea makes you uncomfortable, then you should consider this your invitation to step into change.
Choosing to blossom: If you are tired of not living the life you so desire, then what could you do today to work towards that? Every small step towards that life will feel like progress and wouldn’t that feel good?
How to Blossom
Just like any beautiful flower, there are few things you need to do to blossom:
1. Plant the seed of possibilities!
2. Choose the area or areas that you feel stuck or where your growth is stunted.
3. Consider all the options by brainstorming a list of outcomes you’d like to see in those areas.
4. Shift your mindset to one of being proactive and expecting positive results.
5. Fertilize the soil by sprinkling in a bit of knowing that you are worth it!
6. Adopt the mantra that you deserve to live the life you desire!
7. Face any fears you have with the remedy of your new mindset and mantra!
8. Feed your desires by taking regular action towards achieving your new results.
9. Soak in the change as it is renewing your life possibilities!
10. Get ready to blossom, you beautiful flower, you!
Spring is a time of renewal for so many things, maybe it’s a time for you to renew and blossom into the life you have always wanted. Along with renewal comes shedding the past and that can be a good thing. You don’t have to ditch everything, but pick and choose those areas that you feel need to change. You will feel it in your gut and you will know. I invite you to make this season the beginning of breaking out of your bud and finally opening up yourself to fully blossom into that person you were always meant to be.
Jackie White has been writing about life and its ups and downs for many years. With a degree in Industrial Psychology and a life-long student of personal development she is intrigued by how each individual chooses to live their life. Jackie feels strongly that truly living your best life is imperative to attaining peace and fulfillment. SoulShine was borne of her desire to inspire and teach others to live their best life. This is her mission and her dream.