Things I learned from plants (A Series): #3. You can heal from injury.

Whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or otherwise, dear reader, you can heal from injury.

Have you ever seen an old, decomposing tree stump in the depths of the forest, with a seedling sprouting from its ruin?  The decomposition and complete breakdown of the old makes way for an emergent new life form, providing the impetus for its growth and development.  Now, while I am speaking metaphorically, that does not negate the inherent possibility for change and adaptation that has been a hallmark of humanity for millennia.  


Be aware that "recovery" does not mean reverting to your previous state any more than that new seedling is a clone of the deceased tree.  A new seed, likely either carried by the wind or a animal, dropped into a prime spot and was able to grow.  Similarly, unlike a starfish, the human body cannot re-grow limbs, though the physical body's capacity for self-care and healing is immense.  This is even greater when a person is actively invested in self-care and maintaining or, better yet, improving their quality of life and general human experience.


Note: This is not to say that if you have experienced a life-altering trauma you can easily "get over it" (I really do not like that phrase), nor that you have to do everything on your own.  If you need or want to talk to someone, do so.  Therapy and counseling exists for a reason.  Sometimes chemical assistance (medication), is recommended or required, for whatever reason. To borrow more plant metaphors, do what you can to heal your injured bark, strengthen your roots, and boost the nutrients in your stem.  Make sure you're getting enough water, good food, and restful sleep.  These components help rebuild the human body's systems, regardless of the ailment.  (Some mental health resources are at the end of this post, should they be needed.)


For humans, the trick is figuring out which seeds are viable for your life and planting them.  These are your hopes, dreams, and goals; do not limit yourself by what you think is possible.  At the same time, keep realistic goals for the short-term so you do not become discouraged and stop moving forward.  I say this with love and experience: It is better to take small steps for an extended period than to take a leap that you do not land, because at least you are still moving forward.  However, sometimes you have to take dramatic leaps in order to achieve your goals.  Moving across the country, across the world because there is an opportunity or an idea waiting; making that call, even though you're terrified you'll mess up in some way--both are examples of this.  "Big" and "little" steps depend largely on the individual and their own abilities, but keep moving forward and you'll eventually succeed.  Keep on keeping on.  I, for one, believe in you and your dreams.  

Be well.  Till next time,



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