‘We were not created to be barren or unfruitful. We were created to blossom and flourish. Nobody starts a garden with no expectation of seeing it sprout and blossom. You have to make the decision to break through the barriers and break up the ground. This process is vital so that what you plant in the garden of your life will flourish and produce much fruit. We live below our privileges when we do not blossom and produce fruit in our lives.’
I have an admission to make. Once, or twice, I resort to the monster that is Amazon and ‘Paris in Bloom’ by Georgianna Lane was worth it. I have fallen in love with her work – her photographs are uplifting and inspirational and oh, so romantic. I fall in Love with the world again.
I can also sit in my little nest for days and ogle over beautiful pictures and pretty places and dream … so good at that, but I need to flourish, and in order to do that, I need to re-establish belief in myself, go out and engage, and if I am positive enough, work hard enough, I can do just that … flourish.
So what could be stopping me?
- The good old Fear of failure – like the albatross around the neck
- Not always sure what it is that I want to do? Got many ideas, too many?
- Out of ‘connection city?’ Don’t have the contacts, the local roots so ‘who you know’ could be a problem.
- Age related ‘am too old for this’ holding me back?
- How to begin a new chapter when it is so difficult to let go of the previous one?
To flourish in any aspect of your life, you need to flourish in every aspect of your life. Begin with the personal, and we know that there have been bumps and sadness (we have lived that long) which may have brought about a numbness of heart, a slowing of pace, a dullness of life. So begin with the things you love, small things, like nature, hobbies you may have put aside, family relationships, friends … put these in order and your work will benefit. Starting again with a new business, wanting to change, if you are strong enough in yourself, in your daily life, you will have the courage to change and grow in business too.
One thing I realised, after all these years in a new country, in a tiny home, is that I have never quite called it home. This is the start, to create a real home for my family, not simply been living here. So, am off to get myself a pin board to create a visual inspiration tool, create a small space that is my office to work in, bring out the boxes still tucked in the garage and break up my day between work, staying active and have fun. The whole package is on offer.
No longer just working days, or resting days, but days that allow me to flourish. Once accomplished, the belief intact, it is out to engage with the world. In this new act of flourishing, of giving to myself and others, that the flourishing will emit far further than myself.
Be more that just be. Flourish.
Images Georgianna Lane @parisinbloom #parisinbloom @davidaustin