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A Little Pruning

Today may be the enemy of tomorrow!
There are things in our lives that need to end today if we want to experience a better tomorrow. To get there, sometimes we have to do some pruning. 
Author and Psychologist Henry Cloud writes, “Pruning is the process of entering into proactive endings. Like many other plants, a rosebush can’t reach its full potential without a very systematic process of Pruning. The gardener intentionally and purposefully cuts off buds and branches that fall into one of three categories:
  1. Healthy buds or branches that are not the best ones.
  2. Sick branches that are not going to get well.
  3. Dead branches are taking up space needed for healthy ones to thrive.
Three types of “necessary endings” in our lives fall into these three categories.
The first one is needed when the plant has enough life and resources to feed and nurture only so many buds to their full potential; it can’t bring them all to full bloom. For the bush to thrive, many buds need to go away. The caretaker constantly examines the bush to see which buds are worthy of the plant’s limited fuel and support and cuts away all others. In doing so, the gardener frees those needed resources so that the plant can redirect them to the buds with the greatest potential to become mature roses.
Secondly, some branches are sick or diseased and will never make it. The gardener may monitor them, fertilize and nurture them, or otherwise try to make them healthy. But at some point, he realized that more water, fertilizer, or care would not help. For whatever reason, they will not recover and become what he needs them to be to create the final picture of beauty. As a result, even more fuel and life can pour into the healthy buds.
A third ending that often needs to occur in our lives and relationships is that dead branches must be removed. The healthy branches need a room that the dead branches take up to reach their full length and height. If dead branches remain, healthy branches can’t spread when the dead branches force them to bend and turn corners; they should be growing straight for the goal.
Like rosebushes, Pruning must happen to us to realize our full potential. Rosebushes are designed for incredible beauty; there should never be an average one. If they are adequately pruned, they will make it. And like rosebushes, your business and your life also need the same type of Pruning to be all you desire.”
How do these concepts apply to your relationships? How can they help you improve where you invest your time and energy?

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