My husband bought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day. As you can see, they are well past their best before date and yet, there they sit. As the petals fall off, I pick them up and throw them away. I break off the dried leaves and for some reason, cannot bring myself to throw them away. Just two short blocks away is a flower shop. There is nothing to stop me from replacing my browning blooms with fresh new ones, expect perhaps sentiment. These came from my husband. He took the time to pick them out for me.
Keeping a bouquet of flowers past their before date is a harmless indulgence, but it made me wonder what else do we hang on to that has long passed it’s best before date, both personally and professionally?
What hurts and slights, real or imagined, are hugged close and keep us from being all we can be? It is funny, in a very sad way, how easy it is to remember words and actions that make us feel small, incompetent and unworthy. Are we stockpiling the negativity and using them as a safeguard to prevent us from taking on a new challenge?
Are there new technologies, routines or ideas that are not being implemented because we are comfortable with our current technologies, routines and ideas? Perhaps we refuse to even consider new routines or ideas because we created the current ones and letting them go seems too much like acknowledging we are also moving closer to our best before date?
My wilting flowers are being replaced with fresh blooms today. That’s the easy part. The hard part is throwing out old habits, ideas, routines and thoughts that no longer work. Are there some you are hanging on to as well?