"Don't be afraid of change.
Beautiful things grow when you are willing to let go."
We engaged in an activity on creating and sharing a metaphor for change.
My metaphor was a 🌷 garden.
I shared with my partner how I saw change as a germinating and growing seed.
🌱 Where some seeds were ready to germinate and others needed to be dormant a little bit longer.
🌱 Where the germinating seeds needed watering, fertilizer, and pruning.
🌱 I shared how amazingly the plants naturally turned to seek light, and sunk and spread their roots towards the water and each other in order to thrive.
My partner loved 💓 my metaphor.
He related it to the intentional garden built on an abandoned 🛤️ railroad track (Highline NY Park) that had grown into a beautiful wildflower 🌸 garden that managed itself - no gardening, no tending, no fertilizer. The plants took care of themselves and delighted the people who enjoyed the park.
What he said hit me like a ton of bricks 🧱.
You see, as I was sharing my metaphor with a big smile on my face, I was also sensing a growing weight on my shoulders. And what he said helped me realize why.
My metaphor was an 'English Garden' (read it with the Queen's English accent).
My role as a coach was that of the 👩🏾🌾 gardener.
Tending to this garden was draining my energy.
I felt the weight of it's dependence on me to keep it prim and proper.
When I reframed my metaphor to a wildflower 🌸 garden,
I felt immediate relief .
I realized 🤔 that all I had to do was plant an intentional garden -
one that had a purpose and
be willing to let go for the beautiful things to grow.