Permanence needs permission

written by john c ashworth

Permanence needs permission.

In other words, if your world stinks right now, you can change it with a decision and an action plan to go along with it. Sure, it likely won’t happen or transform your life immediately, but that’s the point. It’s far too easy to get complacent, let the weeds grow one by one, until suddenly the job of pruning those ugly beasts from your garden becomes too daunting to consider, and so you continue to leave it alone, ignore the problems, and live with the consequences. No matter how miserable this might make you.

Of course, there are times when your permission to let things ride and the consequences that creates are not so obvious, which is what can get you into so much trouble, and can make it seem like it happened all of the sudden. Most of the time, though, you have ignored certain realities and truths, and have decided instead to pretend that everything is OK.

So…stop complaining and do something about your current reality. And if you’re OK right now and everything is just peachy, good for you. Maintain your awareness and discipline so that you can attack those weeds as soon as they rear their ugly heads from the ground beneath you. Buy a good pair of gloves, keep your flexibility and fitness intact so that you can easily bend over and work your fields, and stay vigilent. Your life and your surroundings are constantly in flux and you need to remain aware of your choices and the potential consequences that follow them.

Remember too that success often comes from doing what failed in a slightly different way, in differernt conditions, and at a different time. The key for you is your awareness and your readiness to act when you need to. To prevent complacency from seeping into your garden and promoting the growth of things you just don’t want there. Things that inhibit the cultivation and growth of a life that is more beautiful. More enjoyable. More in-line with who you truly are. More in line with contentment. More clear.

-John

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