Living up to your potential with the Mother of Thousands
A month ago I stopped by my local pro gardening association's plant sale. Succulents were number one on my list, because we all know the little buggers are like the cutest kids on plant world block. Unfortunately, most of the succulents were gone when I got there, but continued to look anyway.
The mother of all mothers
I found one plant that was so different from the rest, and was so covered with other greenery I literally had to dig it out. Along the edges of the leaves were little florets that looked like tiny rose's. It had to come home.
Research showed that it was a larger succulent species called Bryophyllum daigremontianum. More commonly called Devil’s Backbone, Mother of Thousands, Alligator Plant, or Mexican Hat Plant; a succulent native of Madagascar. It bears young along the edges of its leaves!
You are the product of your environment
She was small and beautiful. Once placed in a sunny spot with plenty of room to spread her wings, she THRIVED. No longer smothered and held down by her surrounding brethren, this queen soared to new heights. She went from a 1-foot tall plant to over 2 feet in less than a month!
Her success put into mind this quote from Alexander Den Heijer: "When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower."
Many of you have suffered at the hands of the wrong environment. Often told that you must be the problem. Low performance and energy prevent you from doing as well as your coworkers. Why can't you just conform? Be like everyone else? Because you weren't meant to be. As the quote implies, if something isn't working, you change the environment–the circumstance–to one in which you can thrive.
Be it a giant leap or a single small step, make a change so that you can thrive and live your best life. You owe that much to yourself.
Now it's your turn. Can you relate? Did a change of environment help you grow into the person you were meant to be?
Keep chasing greenerdays, my friend. Until next time.