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Do your roots have room?

So, I have this plant… well, it’s kind of a two in one and nobody really knows what kind it is (if you can tell by looking, please let me know). Anyhoo, I named them Sam & Reba. I received them as a gift on Mother’s Day, from my nephew because he’s my kid. Now, Sam & Reba came in this cute, oversized coffee mug (some of you know how I feel about coffee mugs). Initially, I didn’t expect this plant to live beyond 4 days past the day I got it, but I surely surprised myself and I’ve been doing my good plant parenting. Alright, Mother’s Day was in May and Sam & Reba have been growing consistently since then. At one point, I noticed Reba was gaining more leaves and her flower buds were beginning to open; Sam was growing like crazy and his leaves were getting greener. Then, one day I noticed that a few of Reba’s new leaves were yellowing and falling off.

The tips of some of Sam’s leaves were turning brown and crumbling. Of course, I panicked,

Post Repotting (don't they look happy???)

thinking maybe it was too good to be true and that I was, indeed, killing another plant. Well guys, you'll be happy to know that it was a false alarm. I realized that Sam & Reba were not being slowly killed by their new plant mom, but they were outgrowing the oversized Mother’s Day mug they came in. They needed more room to grow. The lack of room for their roots was stunting their growth in ways I could not see before. It was just that now, the evidence was showing up on the outside with the browning and yellowing, and falling off of leaves.

What am I saying? Where you are could be stunting your growth. Uuummm, I don’t exactly know where you are, but I had to make that statement to get my point across. **Don’t y’all go telling people that I said they were stunting your growth.** Where you are could be a job or a position on your job. It could be wherever you have allowed yourself to become too comfortable when you know you were only supposed to stay for a season. Sometimes, though, we don’t realize that we have outgrown an atmosphere because it has always been so comfortable. Sam & Reba’s mug was super cute and fit right in the corner of the book-shelf in my bedroom. It was easy for me to water, give a lil sunlight, and feel accomplished. All that time (for about a month) they have been suffering because I wasn’t paying attention to the outward signs. All this time, you’ve been suffering because you haven’t been paying attention to the outward signs.

Often, we may not realize that we need more room to grow until it manifests outwardly, as with my plants. You know what I’m talking about, through your attitude and your actions. Believe it or not, being in the wrong place can be the cause of a terrible attitude, it can even cause us to begin to slack off because we've become so unhappy. Uh huh, that’s how we do. We walk around upset and that nobody has noticed that something is bothering us. In some cases, we don't even know what is bothering us because, well, we have taken to ignoring all the signals and flags telling us that it's time to go. Sometimes, we get so conditioned to thrive in our environment that we cause others to think we're okay where we are.