By Steve Goodier
Like potted plants, people can become "root- bound."
We have a beautiful "Christmas Cactus"
which I gave to my wife as a
gift 28 years ago. It has accompanied
us through tough years and good
times. It has lived with us in four
different communities and has been
present during the raising of our family. But it almost died.
As the small plant grew, we transferred it to a larger pot. It did
well for about twenty years, but then began to die. It seemed that no
amount of feeding, coddling or attention helped. We finally plucked a
few leaves, re-rooted them and started over.
We could barely remove the now-dead plant from its pot for all the
knotted and intertwined roots. The beautiful succulent was dying
because it outgrew its environment. The plant changed, but the
container it lived in stayed the same.
People, too, can die when they outgrow their environments. They need
broader views, bigger challenges. Songwriter Bob Dylan put it this
way: "If you are not busy being born, you are busy dying."
One man was offered employment at a salary higher than he had ever
made in his life. After careful consideration, he declined the
"What's the matter?" his potential boss asked. "Isn't the salary big
"The salary is fine," the man said. "It's the job that's not big
enough." He chose growth over decline, life over death.
Karen Kaiser Clark said, "Life is change… growth is optional…choose
Good advice - especially when we find ourselves becoming root-bound.